England v Wales: Red Rosers have it all to prove in chase for Six Nations Grand Slam

first_img Crunching metal: Cousins Billy Vunipola and Taulupe Faletau go head to head again on Saturday (Pic: AFP) Eddie Jones has assembled a reasonably experienced side, says Adam Hathaway. But can they stay cool in the white heat of a must-win match to stay on track for a Grand Slam? LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Eddie Jones has changed a few things around since pitching up before Christmas but no matter how much money the RFU has, they can’t buy experience by chucking a load of cash at the team.But somehow Jones has come up with a XV for Saturday’s game against Wales loaded with 527 caps for their country.Warren Gatland will unload 675 Test appearances onto the Old Cabbage Patch at the weekend and, on Tuesday, Welsh centre Jamie Roberts summed up the difference between the two teams.Roberts said: “Where the stakes have been at their highest, notably 2013 and last year’s World Cup, we have delivered. There’s now a lot of experience and guys who have played in big moments. To be able to concentrate your focus and attention when the stakes are at their highest is something you can only learn with experience.”Shouting the odds: Jamie Roberts was right when pointing out Wales’ ability to deliver on the big occasionRoberts is right. His side have delivered when the pressure is on in the Six Nations. Jones’s team – although not on his watch – have played three massive games, two against Wales and one against Australia, in the past three years and botched the lot of them.Woodward’s mighty team famously blew Slams in 1999, 2000 and 2001 before coming good but this England side are learning on the hoof. The fixture list has been kind to them, with a new boss able to bed in new systems against Scotland and Italy before hosting an injury-hit Irish side.But only eight of this England starting line-up were in Cardiff in 2013 and the same number started against Wales in the World Cup. Those exams were flunked and none of them have got a pass mark in a really big Test match. The Welsh have earned their spurs alright and that is making this Englishman a bit nervous.center_img Martin Johnson didn’t make a whole lot of friends in 2003 when his England side broke protocol and stood in the wrong place at Lansdowne Road against Ireland, leading to some dirty shoes for the Irish president Mary McAleese, but they won a Grand Slam with their 42-6 win.They then peaked on the summer tour against Australia and New Zealand, before winning the World Cup without playing at their best later in the year. Since then nish, nada, nothing, apart from a Six Nations title in 2011, as the Grand Slam has remained as elusive as ever.Since Johnson’s gnarled old mob ruled the roost, Wales have won Slams in 2005, 2008 and 2012, France did the honours in 2004 and 2010, and Ireland emulated their 1948 heroes in 2009. If you beat England with a ‘more money and players than anyone else’ stick then that’s a pretty pathetic return.Rubbing it in: Wales have won three Grand Slams since England’s last one 13 years ago (Pic: Getty)Andy Robinson, Brian Ashton, Johnson and Stuart Lancaster have been in charge since Clive Woodward left Twickenham in 2004 but all have drawn a blank in the Grand Slam stakes. But it’s not as if they haven’t had chances.From 2004 to 2010 England lost two or three matches in every championship as they failed dismally to capitalise on the exploits of Johnson and his mates. Since then they have lost a single Six Nations game each year but have only been involved in two final weekend matches when the Slam was on the line.In 2011 they travelled to Dublin with a starting line-up made up of just 313 England caps, lost 24-8 and were never in the game.Two years later, in Cardiff, they imploded 30-3 with Lancaster’s run-on team boasting just 290 caps and a coach (Lancaster) who admitted he had never been to a big game at the Millennium Stadium. This was the same boss who told us, when he was appointed, that the world-beating teams had 650-plus caps when they crossed the whitewash. Again, never in the game.New ground: Maro Itoje has just two caps to his name and will face a vastly experienced Welsh second rowThe England team of 2003 was awash with caps, 620 for their country, at the start of the Lansdowne Road game, and had European Cup winners and blokes who had played crucial parts in the 1997 Lions win, admittedly after losing a few big Tests in Europe.They had beaten the Springboks away in 2000 and downed all three southern hemisphere big guns at Twickenham in 2002. This England team is nothing like that. The bookies have England as 1/2 favourites for a match that will probably decide the destination of the Six Nations. The men in the trilbies, holding the satchels a week ahead of Cheltenham, usually know something. They have got the experience of winning and losing day in, day out – unlike this England team who have yet to pass a big examination. Now is the time to do it if the Jones bandwagon is to stay on the rails.For the latest Rugby World subscription offers, click here.last_img read more


‘Orchestrated Attempt To Frustrate Justice & Stop CBI From Discharging Its Functions’: SG Tushar Mehta Tells Calcutta High Court in Narada Scam Case

first_imgTop Stories’Orchestrated Attempt To Frustrate Justice & Stop CBI From Discharging Its Functions’: SG Tushar Mehta Tells Calcutta High Court in Narada Scam Case LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK19 May 2021 3:54 AMShare This – xSolicitor General Tushar Mehta has told that the Calcutta High Court that protests by CM Mamta Banerjee and Law Minister Moloy Ghatak, both at the Trial Court and outside the CBI office, were an “orchestrated attempt” to frustrate the course of justice and to stop CBI from discharging its functions. “There were unprecedented extraordinary circumstances… I don’t think anywhere else in the country such shocking incidents have happened where a premier investigating agency, which has been entrusted with the investigation by this court, is stopped from doing its job,” he said.Advertisement A Division Bench of Acting Chief Justice Rajesh Bindal and Justice Arijit Banerjee of the Calcutta High Court is hearing CBI’s case against the bail granted to TMC leaders Firhad Hakim, Madan Mitra, Subrata Mukherjee and Souvan Chatterjee in the Narada Scam case. It is the CBI’s case that in light of “unprecedented pressure tactics and hooliganism” adopted by the Respondents in the form of overcrowding, both at the Trial Court and outside its offices, the proceedings before the Special CBI Court dated May 17 stand vitiated.Advertisement The SG submitted that the bail was granted by the Trial Court on the first day and the CBI was not given an opportunity to respond to the application. “We could not even place the case-diary before the court because we were physically restrained,” SG said referring to the huge gathering outside its offices due to the CM’s dharna. He added, “All this was happening in an orchestrated manner to stop the CBI from seeking police custody of the accused approaching the court… Thousands of party workers laid a seige on the CBI office. There was stone-pelting and officers were heckled and threatened.Due to these circumstances, the accused could not be medically examined and could not be physically produced before the Court, and CBI could not submit the records before the Court. Therefore, accused were produced only virtually.”Advertisement Advertisement He continued that that the CBI did not seek policy custody of the arrested accused because of the ‘terror’ situation created by the mob. “CBI did not think seeking police custody was safe,” he remarked. Further referring to the gathering outside the Trial Court led by Law Minister Moloy Ghatak, SG submitted, “The Law Minister reached the court premises with his supporters and remained there throughout the hearing. This had a terrorizing effect not only on the prosecution but also on the administration of justice.Advertisement Advertisement Advertisement The agency was terrorized not to effectively oppose the bail and not to seek police custody. The agency was prevented from producing the case diary before the Special Court. Therefore, the prosecutor could not effectively oppose bail.”Solicitor General : The proceedings of May 17 are clearly vitiated. There was unprecedented pressure tactics and hooliganism.#NaradaScam #CalcuttaHighCourt— Live Law (@LiveLawIndia) May 19, 2021 He stated that the CBI has also invoked Section 482, which is applicable against abuse of process of law. “If this is not abuse of process of law, I don’t know what can be abuse of process of law. They now want to vacate this order, so that their orchestrated and well-designed attempts to frustrate justice are successful,” he said opposing the recall petition. During the hearing, Justice Banerjee noted that a chargesheet has already been filed in the matter. “Do you have a case that they did not cooperate?” he asked. He suggested that in these times of pandemic, Court may put more stringent conditions on the Respondents. “Is it necessary to put them in jail or correctional homes? You have to address us on that issue,” he said. Solicitor General Tushar Mehta appearing for CBI urged that the Respondents must be kept in custody to prevent them from influencing witnesses. “The question of bail is not necessarily about they cooperating or not cooperating. The question is linked to their ability to influence the investigation or trial… All the four accused are highly influential and can influence the witnesses or the further investigation,” he responded. He assured the Court that if the accused are having medical issues, they will be properly dealt with.The bench will continue the hearing tomorrow.Full court proceedings here. Tags#Calcutta High Court #Narada Scam #SG Tushar Mehta Mamta Banerjee TMC Leaders Right to protest Subscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Storylast_img read more


Black youth have most complaints against NYC police, including 8-year-old arrested for playing with sticks

first_imgiStock/ChiccoDodiFCBy: BILL HUTCHINSON, ABC News (NEW YORK) — Amid a series of nationwide protests over police treatment of African Americans, a report released Monday shows that 64% of civilian complaints against New York City police officers were filed by or on behalf of young black people ages 8 to 18 who claimed to have been mistreated after being stopped for innocuous activities like high-fiving and carrying backpacks.The report by the New York City Civilian Complaint Review Board (CCRB), a police watchdog agency, analyzed 112 completed investigations between Jan. 1, 2018 and June 30, 2019, showing an overwhelming number (nearly 90%) of grievances involved children of color (black and Hispanic youth).The report also found that the number of complaints by youth of color was significantly larger than in the overall population (69.1%) and that nearly half of the complaints (46.3%) came from or were made on behalf of black male youth.“Sadly, after years of witnessing news about police misconduct and possibly experiencing it themselves, even the youngest among us have an awareness of the tension that too often exists between the police and civilians,” CCRB Chairman Fred Davie said in a statement. “As young New Yorkers lead the way in calling for change in our city following the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and countless others, it’s time for the NYPD to re-consider how officers police our youth, address disparities in law enforcement, and commit to swift discipline when officers engage in misconduct.”Among the complaints probed was a March 2018 incident in which a group of black and Hispanic boys was stopped by multiple police officers simply for talking, laughing and playing with sticks picked up off the ground as they walked home, according to the report. A lieutenant had two of the boys, an 8-year-old and a 14-year-old, whom officers saw running with sticks in their hands handcuffed and taken to a police station in tears, according to the report.Two of the officers testified that they were looking for “a group of Hispanic men in their 20s with a machete and a stick chasing and fighting other individuals” but their stories were inconsistent.“The mother of the 8-year-old complained that her son was not treated properly and that his dreams of being a police officer were over,” the report reads, adding that the complaint was substantiated and two of the officers and a lieutenant are facing a trial on administrative charges brought against them.Other complaints substantiated by the board, include:— An 11-year-old black boy who was stopped and frisked by an undercover officer after they saw him shaking hands with and high-fiving a group of adults he knew in a housing project. “One of the bystanders told the officer that he should not be searching the victim as he was under the age of 13, but an officer replied that drugs can be given to younger children,” the report reads. “The officers then got back into their vehicle and drove away.”— A 16-year-old Hispanic boy stopped for jaywalking by an officer and a sergeant in plainclothes and searched without probable cause, according to the report. The officers discovered a small pocket knife on the boy. While the teenager was not arrested or issued a summons, the board “determined by a preponderance of the evidence” that the officers wrongfully invoked their authority because the boy’s behavior did not amount to founded suspicion of criminality allowing the officer to question him.— A 15-year-old black boy was holding a deli bag and walking to a homeless shelter when a plainclothes detective and sergeant in an unmarked vehicle ordered him to stop without announcing they were police. The teenager ran but was tackled and handcuffed, suffering minor injuries. The bag the boy was holding contained a cheese roll and a piece of cake, according to the report.In response to the report, NYPD officials said just one case of substantiated police misconduct is unacceptable.“A top priority Commissioner (Dermot) Shea has set for the NYPD is to reimagine doing all we can to protect and serve New York City’s kids,” the police department said in a statement. “After careful review, we accept each of the CCRB’s thoughtful and constructive recommendations — some of which are already in the process of being implemented and all of which will strengthen our new Youth Strategy.”The report showed that 407 total complaints were filed against New York City police by or on behalf of youth between Jan. 1, 2018 and June 30, 2019. Of the 112 fully-investigated complaints analyzed, 72% were filed by young people ages 10 to 18.The report says that 42% of the fully-investigated complaints were unsubstantiated and 29% were substantiated. About 93% of the fully-investigated complaints involved young people ages 10 to 18 that were filed on their behalf by adults.The CCRB also noted that between Jan. 1, 2018 and June 30, 2019, the NYPD reported 15,279 interventions with children ages 10 to 18. Of those interventions, 88% were with black or Hispanic children while just 6% were with white children.The report was released along with a public service announcement encouraging young New Yorkers who experience police misconduct to call the CCRB.The CCRB recommended that the NYPD use the report in taking steps to avoid the “over-policing” of New York City youths of color and make public its use-of-force data, including breaking it down by age and race.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more


De Gea not for sale – Van Gaal

first_img De Gea will once again be in the stands when United take on Newcastle at Old Trafford on Saturday because Van Gaal feels the Spaniard is still not able to focus properly because of Real Madrid’s interest in him. According to reports in Spain, the 10-time European champions will make one last attempt to sign the goalkeeper before the window shuts on September 1. If history is anything to go by, Van Gaal will be able to rely on one of his current crop to find the goals against Newcastle on Saturday. Wayne Rooney has scored 11 goals in 17 Barclays Premier League appearances for United against the Magpies. The United skipper, who is yet to find the net this year, admitted in midweek that his performance in the 1-0 win over Aston Villa was not good enough. Van Gaal was encouraged to see honesty from his skipper, and backed him to hit form soon. “When you are saying so publicly that you are so bad then you know you are very bad at that time,” Van Gaal said. “I think it’s fantastic that a player admits that. For me it’s unbelievable because he is one of a few players saying such things. “He is taking a risk, but he is very confident that he shall make the goals we expect from him and I am confident also.” But after a week in which United’s reputation took a blow following Pedro’s move to Chelsea, Van Gaal came out fighting at his pre-match press conference on Friday. The Dutchman insisted the lure of United remains as strong as their desire to hold on to their two-time player of the year. “I think when Manchester United wants a player he shall come, besides when a club is not selling,” the United manager said at a spiky press conference. “It is the same with us. We are not selling De Gea.” Van Gaal launched a passionate defence of executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward despite the fact that former target Pedro signed for Chelsea this week, rather than United. ”I have the idea you want to separate Ed Woodward with me. Never. Never,” Van Gaal said. ”Because every day I am updated by him and I trust him. ”I don’t think they (the critics) have to doubt Ed Woodward because he has proven already for many, many years he is the right person on the right spot.” Press Association Louis van Gaal insists David De Gea will not leave Manchester United before the transfer window shuts. last_img read more


Blažević: BiH football players are the sons of their homeland

first_imgFamous football manager and former manager of BIH Miroslav Ćiro Blažević said to FBiH TV that BiH showed in the last match against Greece that it is a better team and added that he’s an optimist and I hope that BiH will win. Blažević noted that Greece is a tough team, but the biggest guarantee of good play for BIH is the fact that it has many good players.Blažević added that the fact that this is such an important match should be enough inspiration to players to play hard and well.Blažević noted that it is true that BiH group is rather easy, but other opponents, like Slovakia, must not be underestimated either.In the end, Blažević wished BiH team all the best, and added that they are the sons of their homeland, and they have the opportunity to present BiH in the best way possible, like no one has ever done before.last_img read more


Cadwalader seeks new heights

first_imgHe’s improved each year and increased his height more than two feet from what he was leaping as a freshman. Cadwalader attributes that growth to Garcia. “I can’t say enough about coach Nick Garcia,” Cadwalader said. “He’s really trained all of us. “I can’t explain my improvement, other than I go to a lot of camps. I’ve been to Mt. SAC, Cal State Fullerton and some others. My coach has connections with a lot of (track) people, and a place like Mt. SAC, which has a lot of great vaulters … they’ve helped us out. It’s a lot of fun.” It’s also a lot of work, which Cadwalader doesn’t mind because he knows the end justifies the means. He also attributes part of his success to being a wide receiver on the football team. “It helps with my speed, which you need when you go down the runway,” he said. “It takes a lot of practice, because you have to try and remain consistent with all your jumps. “There’s different ways to run in track. This way, you have to stay tall, no matter what. The taller you are, the more likely you will get up and over the bar. There’s a lot of different mechanics and a lot of different things we do to get it down. It’s a lot of hard work.” The payoff comes at the end of the season. Last year, Brown and Cadwalader placed in the top five at the CIF-SS Division IV finals and cleared 12-6. Cadwalader placed third, with Brown tying for fifth. The ties in field events are determined by the number of misses. “I was just very consistent (last year),” Cadwalader said. “I really didn’t have any expectations. I just kept on working and was able to stay very consistent throughout the whole season. “That’s the goal this season, and hopefully it will all work out.” [email protected] (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3061 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “I’m expecting big things this year. I’m expecting big things from all of us,” said Cadwalader, also referring to fellow St. Paul pole vaulters De Dios and Dusty Brown. “I think we all can go 13 feet, and I want to set a personal record (13-6).” No one is doubting Cadwalader can do it. But there also is no doubt the keys to his success go back to De Dios’ meeting with Garcia in 2005. Cadwalader remembers it vividly. “It’s all because of my good friend Eddie,” he said. “His older brother was a pole vaulter (at St. Paul). He graduated and I came with Eddie during our freshman year to talk to the coach. “The pole vault coach was talking with him about pole vaulting, and I was right there with him, listening. (De Dios) asked me to pole vault with him, and three (seasons) later, here I am. I was vaulting 11 feet my freshman year, so it was definitely something I thought I could do.” SANTA FE SPRINGS – It’s hard to imagine what Ryan Cadwalader would be doing at St. Paul High School if he hadn’t accompanied friend Eddie De Dios two years ago to a meeting with Swordsmen pole vault coach Nick Garcia. The junior most likely wouldn’t be a member of the Swordsmen’s boys track and field team, let alone one of the top pole vaulters in the CIF-Southern Section. center_img But after two years honing his craft, that’s exactly where Cadwalader finds himself. The junior, after a top-five finish at last season’s CIF-SS divisional track and field championships, is expecting bigger and greater things this spring. last_img read more