SPORTS DAY: Eddie Jones tries out rookie back row on Boks
Your roundup of the sporting news of the day
Willemse to start at fullback for Boks
Damian Willemse has been named at fullback for the Springboks’ opening Test against England on Saturday, with Warren Whiteley picked at eighthman and Duane Vermeulen at flank. Ivan van Zyl will start at scrumhalf. Meanwhile, England coach Eddie Jones sprung a surprise by naming Mark Wilson at No 8 as he opted for a new-look back row combination boasting only six international starts between them. As expected, Owen Farrell will start at flyhalf, with Ben Te’o and Henry Slade outside him and George Ford on the bench.
Proctor, Papalii to make All Blacks debuts
Centre Matt Proctor and flanker Dalton Papalli are set to make their All Blacks debuts on Saturday when the world champions face Japan in Tokyo. Coach Steve Hansen has named an all-changed team to the side that beat Australia 37-20 last weekend.
Caster wanted to ‘piss off’ IAAF
Caster Semenya says her looming court battle against the world governing body of athletics is not for herself but rather is a fight for future generations of runners. The two-time Olympic 800m champion said: “What I wanted to do was piss them off a bit. Sorry about that‚ that’s how I am. I wanted to show them that what they’re doing doesn’t make sense because once you start classifying women‚ it’s a problem.”
Local officials in nightclub punch-up
Details have emerged of an alleged assault of SA Football Players Union vice-president Tebogo Monyai by a National First Division club official in Cape Town on Saturday night. A charge of common assault and intimidation was laid at Cape Town police station against the official by Monyai on Tuesday.
VAR for CAF Champions League final Video assistant referees will be used in the CAF Champions League final for the first time Friday when Al Ahly of Egypt host Esperance of Tunisia in the first leg.
Banned for rubbing face during anthem China’s football association has handed a one-game ban to Shandong Luneng’s Brazilian midfielder Diego Tardelli for rubbing his face during the Chinese national anthem before a game. The country’s Communist regime passed a law last year to severely punish people who disrespect the anthem, and Tardelli is not the first prominent figure to be punished in China over the The March of the Volunteers. Tardelli, 33, was looking down and rubbing his face with his right hand as the anthem played before the game against Shanghai SIPG on Sunday.
Arsenal face acid test against Liverpool
Unai Emery’s Arsenal have come a long way since losing their first two Premier League games of the season and they face a major test of their credentials with the visit of unbeaten Liverpool on Saturday. Juergen Klopp’s side, second in the league standings on goal difference behind Manchester City, have only dropped points against the champions and Chelsea in their opening 10 matches as they bid for a first top-flight title since 1990.
CSA expects to make R654m loss in four years
Cricket SA told parliament’s sports portfolio committee on Thursday that they’ve projected a R654m loss over the next four-year cycle. While CSA announced a R350m profit over the previous financial year‚ they had coffer-boosting tours of India and Australia. Buttler feared ‘worst’ after hitting fielder
England wicketkeeper-batsman Jos Buttler said he “feared the worst” after his shot hit short-leg fielder Pathum Nissanka on the head in their drawn tour match against a Sri Lanka Board President’s XI on Wednesday. Nissanka took evasive action but could not avoid being struck on the helmet by Buttler’s powerful pull shot. “I hit it pretty hard and hit him flush so it was a big worry straight away,” said Buttler. The 20-year-old fielder was taken to hospital where he was to remain for 24 hours for observation.
Tampering ‘an international problem’: Langer Australia coach Justin Langer claims there is a worldwide problem with ball-tampering, partly due to unresponsive pitches, while vowing it will never happen under his watch. “What I do know though is that the issue with people ball-tampering is going on internationally. That’s a real worry. I think there’s a couple of issues. One is I think we need to get the pitches right around the world, so the ball does move whether it spins or swings.”
Peever bows to pressure and quits David Peever resigned as Cricket Australia chairman on Thursday after three days of mounting pressure triggered by the release of a scathing review of the board’s governance and culture.
Vietnam to host F1 race in 2020
Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam, will host a Formula One race in April 2020, Hanoi city officials said on Thursday, becoming the third south-east Asian nation to welcome top-flight racing as the franchise seeks to move into new markets. The circuit is set to be unveiled at a gala next week, the Hanoi People’s Committee said.
Vote could see sport thrown out of Olympics The congress of the scandal-hit International Amateur Boxing Federation (AIBA) that begins in Moscow on Friday may be a turning point for the sport and its future in the Olympics. Gafur Rakhimov, an Uzbek who has been linked to organised crime by the US Treasury Department, is one of two candidates standing for the position of AIBA president, although he has denied US government allegations. But in October the International Olympics Committee froze relations with AIBA and refused to accredit Rakhimov to the Youth Olympics in Buenos Aires.
– AFP, Reuters, TimesLIVE