Emerging Queensland Squad named

first_imgThe 20-man squad, which will assemble in late January, includes four newcomers to the senior Emerging camp – Coen Hess, Felise Kaufusi, Ashley Taylor and Christian Welch.“”The pathway programs we have available through the QAS are second to none and this is another fantastic opportunity to look at the next generation of players coming through,” Maroons head coach Kevin Walters said today.”This year we saw Corey Oates and Justin O’Neill grab their opportunity at Origin level and I’m sure there will be other players from this program who will make a strong case for selection in 2017.”QAS Emerging Origin Squad:Jayson Bukuya (Cronulla Sharks) Dale Copley (Sydney Roosters) Kyle Feldt (NQ Cowboys) Tim Glasby (Melbourne Storm) Jake Granville (NQ Cowboys) Coen Hess (NQ Cowboys) Valentine Holmes (Cronulla Sharks) Ben Hunt (Brisbane Broncos) Felise Kaufusi (Melbourne Storm) Edrick Lee (Canberra Raiders) Ethan Lowe (NQ Cowboys) Nene Macdonald (St George Illawarra Dragons) Anthony Milford (Brisbane Broncos) Cameron Munster (Melbourne Storm) Moses Mybe (Canterbury Bulldogs) Dylan Napa (Sydney Roosters) Lloyd Perrett (Canterbury Bulldogs) Ashley Taylor (Gold Coast Titans) Christian Welch (Melbourne Storm) Jarrod Wallace (Gold Coast Titans)last_img read more


Dates confirmed for RWC Sevens 2018 in San Francisco

first_imgThe iconic AT&T Park, home of the San Francisco Giants baseball team, will provide the spectacular backdrop to the tournament that features 24 men’s and 16 women’s teams competing for the title of world champions. The 42,000-seater stadium is one of the most familiar and highly rated sports venues in the USA and is located in downtown San Francisco, along the waterfront overlooking the bay.This will be the seventh staging of the tournament, which has previously been held in Edinburgh, Hong Kong (twice), Mar del Plata, Dubai and Moscow. Having won both the men’s and women’s events at the famous Russian venue of Luzhniki Stadium, New Zealand will be back to defend their titles but will likely face considerable resistance in the form of Olympic gold medallists, Australia (women’s) and Fiji (men’s), not to mention strong home competition from both USA sides.World Rugby Chairman Bill Beaumont said: “Announcing the exact dates of the tournament is an important stage of preparation as it means that supporters can really start to plan their trip. With three days of amazing rugby action on offer, coupled with everything else San Francisco and surrounding area has to offer, it could really be the holiday of a lifetime for rugby fans around the world.First time to be held in North America “The success of rugby sevens at last year’s Olympic Games in Rio gave the game a huge shot in the arm and we are working hard to ensure its popularity continues to rise in the coming years. Part of that is building on the success of previous RWC Sevens tournaments, which come at the mid-point in the Olympic cycle. This will be the first time the RWC Sevens has been held in North America and I know rugby fans in the USA and also in Canada are really looking forward to it.”USA Rugby CEO Dan Payne said: “We are proud to play host to Rugby World Cup Sevens 2018. This event will bring the world’s best and put them in front of a large audience of rugby fanatics in the US, showcasing our great sport to a new batch of sports fans. We’re equally excited that this great tournament will be played in our backyard and in front of our youth, inspiring the next group of rugby stars.”last_img read more


Williams to miss start of Rugby Championship

first_imgWilliams was suspended for four weeks for a charge on Lions wing Anthony Watson – it was hoped he would be able to serve the ban before the Rugby Championship.RNZI reports World Rugby has confirmed the suspension is for four matches.Since a hearing on July 2nd, World Rugby says the disciplinary committee had been receiving and reviewing additional submissions and evidence from the player’s side relating to his upcoming schedule of matches.”The player had admitted that he committed an act of foul play contrary to Law 10.4 (g) which deals with dangerous charging, and he received the suspension of four weeks, equating to four meaningful matches as considered by the judicial committee,” the committee said in a statement.Following due consideration, the disciplinary committee has ruled that Williams’ suspension will extend up to and including 19 August, which is the day of the first game against Australia.Williams will therefore be available for the second game against Australia in Dunedin on August 26th.last_img read more


Barcelona make it two wins from two in La Liga

first_imgThe Croatian scored in the 21st minute when he arrived at pace to power in Arda Turan’s cross from the left.Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Turan also went close for the champions.Barca keeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen almost paid for a terrible pass, and Athletic’s Raul Garcia and Inaki Williams went close for Bilbao.Sunday’s win sees coach Luis Enrique’s side join El Clasico rivals Real Madrid and early leaders Las Palmas on six points after two games of the new season.Relive the action as it happenedProfligacy almost costs BarcaThe result should have been more emphatic for Barcelona, who wasted numerous chances.Turan impressed in attack, but perhaps the abiding memory of the Turkey midfielder’s display was his first-half miss from eight yards.Messi shot inches wide after typically drifting past two defenders, and also fired over the bar. Suarez, his partner in attack, thundered a volley over from eight yards and also had an effort from two yards cleared off the line by Eneko Boveda in stoppage time.Bilbao will rue missing the few good chances that came their way. Midfielder Raul Garcia saw his strike narrowly drift beyond Ter Stegen’s post and Inaki Williams’ poked effort was saved by the Barca keeper.Ter Stegen was also fortunate not to be left red-faced in the first half when his pass out of defence was fired straight back at him by Spanish midfielder Benat.Las Palmas score nine goals in two games to go topEarlier on Sunday, the Gran Canaria club beat Granada 5-1 as they leapfrogged Real Madrid to go top of La Liga.Summer signing Kevin-Prince Boateng scored for the second successive game, having netted on his debut in the 4-2 win over Valencia last week. Nabil El Zhar scored twice in the emphatic win.In the other early match, Sporting Gijon drew 0-0 at Alaves and the late game between Villarreal and Sevilla also ended goalless.last_img read more


Celades thinks of Ceballos to reinforce Valencia

first_imgValencia faces a few last days of intense market and with several open fronts. The search for a right side it has remained almost in a mere “winter anecdote” compared to the tsunami that would cause the exit of Rodrigo Moreno. Barcelona is studying the signing of the striker, for which Valencia asks for the 60 million in which Rodrigo assessed last summer when he wanted Atlético de Madrid. And he is not the only forward who could leave the club, which is also awaiting offers for Gameiro, which they link with the PSG.Valencia, if any of its strikers came out, has a name surrounded in its list of futures: Paco Alcacer. The striker, like Ceballos, wants to leave Borussia Dortmund, where he has been relegated to the background. As published by AS, Peter Lim’s initial idea was to try to incorporate Alcácer now in January (an operation that would vary by 25 million) if Gameiro and Sobrino finally left, although the variable would also work in Rodrigo’s case.Ceballos, meanwhile, footballer who had Celades under his orders in the Spanish National Team and in his stage as Lopetegui’s assistant at Real Madrid, would allow Valencia to reinforce the center of the field with a valid player to practice Dani Parejo and also I would equip the team with the circulation and arrival I would lose with Rodrigo. Hence, Celades thinks of him.At the same time, Ceballos would strengthen the core and thus Celades could bet on a 4-3-3 system as an alternative to the loss of Rodrigo’s figure as a hitch. The operation Ceballos, in the event that Valencia decided to face it, would be as a loan until the end of the season, which is the agreement that Arsenal and Real Madrid have, although for this, the player should reduce the salary he receives in London, where he charges more than he has signed with Real Madrid. Albert Celades is attentive to the immediate future of Dani Ceballos. El Larguero informed on Wednesday night that the Utreran wants to leave Arsenal in this January market and Valencia, which is directed by a technician who perfectly knows the virtues of Ceballos, is a destination that would be liked by the player. Arsenal, yes, as AS has reported, is not for the work of opening the door to Ceballos, despite the fact that Mikel Arteta has not been with him since November, first for a muscle injury but the last four games by technical decision. The Arsenal made a strong investment (in the case of a transfer) to get their services and the idea of ​​the English club is that the season ends there in case at any stage of the course Arteta had to use their services. But, in the absence of eight days to close the market, Ceballos understands that in London his options to be able to be in Luis Enrique’s mind for the final phase of the Eurocup are dissipated and that is the trick that has present, among others, Valencia, specifically Celades.last_img read more


Juve warns six players for their poor performance

first_imgJuventus is going through a complicated year. After maintaining an overwhelming dominance for almost a decade in Italy, this season the fight for scudetto is fierce against Inter and Lazio.In the club they are sensing a performance downturn and from Italy they point out that lJuventus already has a list of those who could leave Turin If your performance does not improve by the end of the season.Andrea Agnelli, president of the Turin team, has decided to take the reins at the most complicated time of the year and has held meetings with the sports management and even with the heavyweights of the workforce, including Maurizio Sarri, to know the situation first hand. The president has been in the training camps of Vinovo and has collected the necessary information until he can close next to Paratici and Nedved, in charge of the sports plot, a list of players who will be tested until the end of the 19/20 campaign. They are Miralem Pjanic, Blaise Matuidi, Federico Bernardeschi, Douglas Costa, Alex Sandro and Gonzalo Higuaín.These six have been the first indicated by a property that wanted to remind the staff that the requirement is maximum. The first exam will be this Thursday at 20:45 in San Siro where they will face Milan in the first leg of Coppa semifinals.last_img read more


The absence of response of the RFEF conditions the Leganés

first_imgLaLiga Santander* Data updated as of February 24, 2020 The situation, after the whole weekend and part of Monday, has not changed. Nor has a deadline been given. In Las Rozas the message is the same: it will be resolved quickly. Meanwhile, the Leganés still does not know if he can sign and, therefore, has not taken steps in any direction, since, if the RFEF gave the green light to an extraordinary reinforcement, the path of the player without equipment would be discarded. Only if the RFEF rejected the requirement of the pickles, would the possibility of signing a free player be activated.From pessimism to waitingFederal sources and close to the Leganés environment are pessimistic about what will happen. They intuit that the RFEF will deny the club that extra signing. However, that the days go by without response feed, even slightly, the hope for Butarque. To the south of the capital they expect that, after such a delay, at least the response will be positive. The opposite would be a new obstacle to a season full of traps.To the south of the capital they insist that, even if they are right in this matter, the damage done by the march of Braithwaite is “irreparable”, as the president of the club, Victoria Pavón, said last Thursday, after becoming official signing. Leganés’ position is that Barça should never have had the option of taking away the Danish in the middle of the season and without any veto by the pickers.A rule that could already be modified for next season, since the RFEF is studying banning the extraordinary terms of signings for long-term injuries, something that FIFA had been demanding from the Spanish organization for several years. Spain is the only major league country that maintains this rule. The Leganés has not yet received a response from the Spanish Federation (RFEF) to its formal request to extend in an extraordinary way the term of signings after the Braithwaite case. The pickers made this requirement on Thursday, as soon as FC Barcelona deposited the player’s clause, at about 11 in the morning. From the organism they insisted that they would be fast, but they have not yet pronounced and that, for the moment, limits the ability of Leganés to respond to this anomalous departure.The possible scenarios for the Leganés are two: sign a player with a valid contract thanks to an extraordinary permit or launch a player without a team. This last solution depends, as confirmed by Aguirre last Friday, on what is the reaction of the RFEF. “The general manager let me know that we are waiting for a response from the RFEF to sign. Until it arrives, I have what I have, which is good in quantity and quality, ”said Vasco.last_img read more


Óscar will ask for an effort for Murillo and Rafinha

first_imgThe renewal of Óscar García It has been parked until LaLiga is resolved, but the will of the Celtic and of the technician it is to prolong his connection if the category is saved. In his project, Coach Sabadell would love to continue counting on Jeison Murillo Y Rafinha Alcantara, two soccer players who are playing on loan in Vigo. Although the continuity of both seems very complicated for economic reasons, the Catalan coach will request the celestial directive to make an effort.He Colombian central arrived at the olympic box at the winter market at Oscar’s request. Since his incorporation, Celta’s defense has been another, a much more solid behind. The transfer agreement until June 30 agreed with the Sampdoria includes a purchase option of 16 million euros, which would make him the most expensive signing in the history of the Vigo club. The options for the coffee maker not to return to Genoa go through a negotiation to lower the figure agreed in January. Celta would opt for a similar strategy if it launches in the summer for Rafinha. In the case the brazilian midfielder your contract with the Barcelona ends on June 30, 2021 and in the coming months the Catalan entity will seek to make cash with its sale by initiating the bid in the 17 ‘kilos’ of its termination clause.After demonstrating in recent months that he has managed to overcome his physical problems, Mazinho’s son will not lack important suitors, LaLiga and foreign championships. Celta’s trump card, which probably cannot compete neither economically nor in sport with other proposals, to take ownership with Rafinha would be the sentimental one. The same one he played last summer with Denis Suarez.last_img read more


Zidane chooses Camavinga if Pogba doesn’t come this summer

first_imgHe is 17 years old, contract until 2021 with Rennes and “it is a mix between Casemiro and Kante … But with the plant and the physicist of Pogba”. This is how people close to their environment describe Camavinga. He is one of the fashionable midfielders and, at the moment, Among his plans is to look for a first-line team before renewing with the entity that has launched him into stardom, with which this season he has played 36 games before the break and despite his youth with which he has achieved absolute internationality with France. Camavinga is also on Zidane’s radar. As AS has learned, the French coach of Madriod has chosen Camavinga if finally Pogba, his great wish for this summer, cannot come. It is not strictly a Plan B. Zidane considers Pogba to be that kind of player around whom you can build a project. It is evident that Camavinga is not due to his youth. But the coach wants that, if the disbursement by Pogba is not made, a small effort be made in this 17-year-old who is a clear option for the future. Zidane knows how important a Makelele is for Madrid. And he wants Camavinga to be in the future. For Zidane it would be something like repeating the bet he had with Varane, who came from Lens at 17 years old and cost only 10 million euros. Zidane has a very good eye for young people. With Camavinga the case is different. There is a real bid for it in the market to the point that its price, despite not being contrasted in the elite, is set at around 50 million euros. In Madrid he would not enter that battle, but an intermediation by Zidane himself would be enough to convince the player and have an advantageous position in any future negotiation.last_img read more


The current table will be worth going to Europe if it is not played again

first_imgSo, to the UEFA Champions League would be the top four finishers in the First Division at that time (now they are Barcelona, ​​Real Madrid, Sevlla and Real Sociedad) and to the UEFA Europa League fifth and sixth classified (Getafe and Atlético) plus one of the two finalists of the Copa del Rey, according to different circumstances that may occur.If the final of the Copa del Rey has been played, the champion, unless he is in the top six. If the Cup champion were in the top six and therefore already classified, the team that would occupy the seventh place in the First Division would go.The assumption that the Cup final is not played is also contemplated. If the two clubs are in the first six positions and therefore classified, they would go seventh.; if one of the two were ranked in the top six, the other finalist would go; And if neither of the two finalists were in the top six, it would be the one with the best position in the league competition.Real Sociedad, currently in fourth position, would enter the Champions League, while Athletic, in its capacity as a Cup finalist, He would win a place in the Europa League along with the other two teams that would now hold that right, Getafe and Atlético de Madrid. But in any case, the Federation insists that “that would only be in the undesired case that the Championship could not be restarted, because with one or two days being played the classification could change.” The delegated commission of the Federation approved this Thursday the exceptional extension of the end dates of the current season and the start of the next one beyond June 30. The RFEF will is to “conclude the Championship” even occupying dates in September, if necessary. But at UEFA’s request, a qualifying criterion for Europe must be prepared, which currently corresponds to the current LaLiga classification, except as regards the Cup finalists who, according to what assumptions, would have priority over the seventh-ranked team, which is currently Valencia, to occupy a place in the Europa League.LaLiga, which will meet this afternoon, has already advanced that it disagrees with the decisions adopted by the Delegated Commission of the RFEF whenever it considers that to do so, first, the season must be considered closed. In addition, LaLiga sources confirmed to this newspaper that the powers on the First and Second correspond to them and not to the Federation. On the other hand, UEFA uses the RFEF and not LaLiga as a bridge for the list of those classified for Europe.Regarding the European places, it will make the decision about its award at the time that UEFA requests it according to the classification of the last day of the First Division in equal number of games played by the 20 teams.last_img read more