SPORTS DAY: Eddie Jones full of attacking talk for England
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Jones wants England to attack Springboks
England will change their game plan and put more emphasis on attacking play against South Africa, coach Eddie Jones said ahead of next month’s three-test tour. England head into the series on the back of a poor Six Nations campaign during which they lost their last three matches to finish fifth. They were also beaten 63-45 by the Barbarians at Twickenham on Sunday. “We are investing more time into attack now, which we always were going to do, which was part of the plan. We’ve got a reasonable base in defence and set-piece ... now it’s time to put more effort into attack ... that’ll manifest itself into possibly more tries. We are looking to play the game slightly differently, which we saw parts of on Sunday.”
And South African names?
New Zealand Rugby has released a video detailing how to correctly pronounce the names of some Super Rugby players. The clip is hosted by former All Black Piri (Pee-ree, not Perry) Weepu, who says pronouncing names properly is a way of being respectful to different cultures. Among those featured are Crusaders prop Michael Alaalatoa (Alla-alla-taw-ah), Blues flanker Dalton Papali’i (Pa-pa-lee-ee) and Chiefs flanker Pita Gus Sowakula (So-a-cool-a).
New Zealand offer to green-light Wallaby
New Zealand Rugby said it had offered Australia a deal that would allow Canterbury Crusaders backrower Pete Samu to play for the Wallabies against Ireland next week. Melbourne-born Samu is the subject of a trans-Tasman tug-of-war over Wallabies coach Michael Cheika’s desire to give him an international debut for Australia, as the 2019 World Cup looms. The highly rated 26-year-old was a notable omission when Australia’s 32-man squad was announced Wednesday for next month’s three-Test series against Six Nations champions Ireland. But Cheika said he was keeping a spot open for the flanker if he received late clearance from NZR, which holds his Crusaders’ contract.
Zidane steps down as Real coachReal Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane is leaving the European champions after winning an unprecedented third straight Champions League title. “This side should carry on winning and needs a change for this. After three years it needs another voice, another method of work, for this I took this decision.” Zidane became the first coach to win a third straight European Cup when Real beat Liverpool 3-1 on Saturday, capping a remarkable period in his first job in senior club management.
Traffickers plot to sell Nigerians for sex at World Cup
Human traffickers are planning to exploit relaxed Russian visa controls for next month’s World Cup to sell Nigerian women into sex work, state officials and anti-slavery activists said. Officials in Nigeria said they had intelligence showing plans were well under way to traffic local women into Russia for the football tournament, exploiting a move by Moscow to let spectators enter the country with just a ticket and a fan pass. “This is a real present for traffickers,” said Julia Siluyanova of Russian anti-slavery group Alternativa.
Highlands Park to start training early
Newly promoted Highlands Park have opted to start their pre-season training at least a fortnight before the next club in order to be ready for their return to the Premier Soccer League top-flight. The National First Division champions are going back to work next Monday. “We have to start earlier than the other PSL teams because we have lots of catching up to do and we obviously don’t have the advantage they have in terms of experience.”
Frank Lampard steps into managementFormer England midfielder Frank Lampard is taking his first step into management by taking the reins at Derby County, the Championship club announced on Thursday. The 39-year-old, who won three Premier League titles with Chelsea, has signed a three-year contract at the second-tier English outfit two years after retiring in 2016. OLYMPICS
Tokyo 2020 marathon set for tough finish
Competitors at the Tokyo 2020 marathon will face a gruelling uphill finish, organisers said Thursday as they outlined the route, an additional challenge to summer heat that has already sparked concern. The race, which will start and finish at the Olympic Stadium, features an elevation of some 30m in the last several kilometres. Naoko Takahashi, a former Japanese marathon runner who won gold in Sydney in 2000, said the climb would likely be a “decisive factor” in the race and should result in a dramatic finish.
Amir aims for win of a lifetimeMohammad Amir has had some of the greatest and undoubtedly the worst days of his career in England — sometimes during the very same match. But fresh from helping bowl Pakistan to a crushing nine-wicket win over England in the first Test at Lord’s, the left-arm paceman hopes he can enjoy the “best memory” with a series win in the second and final Test at Headingley, starting Friday.
Ten-time champion Rafael Nadal breezed into the French Open third round and a clash against childhood friend Richard Gasquet on Thursday, as Maria Sharapova closed in on a potential reunion with longtime rival Serena Williams. Top seed and world number one Nadal, chasing an 11th title, swept past Argentinian Guido Pella 6-2, 6-1, 6-1, showing no signs of the brief struggles he faced in the first round against lucky loser Simone Bolelli. The 31-year-old will next face home favourite, and his old junior rival Gasquet, whom he has beaten 15 times from as many meetings in professional tennis. Sharapova, the champion in Paris in 2012 and 2014, edged closer to a possible last-16 duel with Williams by seeing off Croatia’s Donna Vekic 7-5, 6-4 in a tie which featured 10 breaks of serve and was secured on a fifth match point.
AFP, Reuters, TimesLIVE