SPORTS DAY: Boks hope Elton will be on song on Saturday
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England seek Cipriani tonic to end winless run
Flyhalf Elton Jantjies will have a chance to impress coach Rassie Erasmus after being named in the Springbok starting lineup for the third Test against England at Newlands on Saturday. In all there are five changes to the starting team from last week while 37-year-old hooker Schalk Brits earns a place on the bench. Warrick Gelant at fullback‚ Jesse Kriel and Andre Esterhuizen in the midfield‚ Jantjies at flyhalf and hooker Chiliboy Ralepelle are the changes to the team that won the second Test 23-12 in Bloemfontein. England coach Eddie Jones has made four changes, three of which have been enforced.
Australia bolster lineout for deciding TestAustralia coach Michael Cheika has bolstered his lineout with the selection of Lukhan Tui at blindside flanker for the series-deciding third Test against Ireland in Sydney on Saturday. The inclusion of Tui, who has played three of his six tests at lock, sees David Pocock shift from the number six jersey back to number eight. Irish coach Joe Schmidt made five team changes, two to the front row with Jack McGrath at loosehead prop alongside recalled hooker Sean Cronin.
All Blacks say ‘non’ to putting trophy on line
The All Blacks have dismissed the idea of spicing up the dead-rubber third Test against France by putting the already won Dave Gallaher Trophy back on the line. The series has been wrapped up after New Zealand won the first two Tests and locked away the trophy, contested between the two nations, for the 12th time in 14 series. All Blacks coach Steve Hansen is using the Test to blood four new players — centre Jack Goodhue and flanker Shannon Frizell in the run-on side, with fly-half Richie Mo’unga and lock Jackson Hemopo coming off the bench. France have dropped captain Mathieu Bastareaud.
Khedira laughs off early flights home jokeUnder-fire Germany star Sami Khedira on Thursday laughed off a cheeky offer of early flights home for the holders ahead of their crunch World Cup clash. The Juventus midfielder kept his cool when a Swedish tabloid reporter handed him a home-made return ticket for the entire German squad. “I don’t think we will need that until July 16,” said the smiling Khedira. The final takes place in Moscow on July 15.
Neymar fitness cloud lingers
A battered and bruised Neymar will aim to get Brazil’s World Cup campaign back on track on Friday as the pre-tournament favourites seek to re-assert their title credentials with victory over Costa Rica. Neymar, given a rough ride in Brazil’s disappointing 1-1 draw with Switzerland on Sunday, set alarm bells ringing when he hobbled out of training on Tuesday in full view of the cameras.
Beckham tips England versus Argentina final
Former captain David Beckham has tipped England to play Lionel Messi’s Argentina in the World Cup final, reflecting rising optimism about the Three Lions’ chances after a positive start in Russia. Beckham was speaking at a promotional event in China after England beat Tunisia 2-1 in their opening game, boosting their chances of reaching the knockout rounds.
Stars staff face job losses in move
As many as 19 staff members of Platinum Stars are set to lose their jobs as the relegated club relocates from Rustenburg and renames itself Cape Umoya United. Apparently most of the staff will not make the move from Rustenburg, the base from where the team had competed in the Premier League for 15 years. The downscaling is also partly because the club was relegated to the National First Division‚ meaning their monthly grant was quartered to R500‚000‚ and the minimum required staff according to league rules also reduced.
Spieth says Fleetwood is big threat at OpenReigning champion Jordan Spieth believes Tommy Fleetwood could be the biggest threat at next month’s British Open after a sensational second place at Shinnecock Hills last week. “A 63 on Sunday — he had a few putts at 62 I know he wishes he could get back — but 63 on a Sunday at a US Open is absurd,” said Spieth, who missed the cut after a first-round 78. “He certainly has the game, the capabilities, and somebody who has proven he’s not afraid of the moment of the shot.”
Kyrgios blasts 32 aces to down Edmund
Nick Kyrgios ended Britain’s hopes of a home-grown winner at Queen’s Club as the Australian smashed 32 aces in a 7-6 (7/3), 6-7 (5/7), 6-3 victory over Kyle Edmund on Thursday. Kyrgios had spoiled Andy Murray’s first appearance after 11 months on the sidelines with a hip injury when he beat the five-time Queen’s winner in the first round on Tuesday.
Muguruza falls short in Birmingham
Wimbledon champion Garbine Muguruza suffered a 6-2 6-4 defeat at the hands of unseeded Czech Barbora Strycova in the second round of the Nature Valley Classic in Birmingham on Thursday. Defending champion Petra Kvitova continued her impressive grasscourt form after overpowering Australia’s Daria Gavrilova 6-2 6-2 to book a spot in the quarterfinals.
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