SPORTS DAY: Wales in for a pound, but not a Halfpenny
Your roundup of the sporting news of the day
Wales without Halfpenny for Bok Test Wales will be without experienced fullback Leigh Halfpenny for Saturday’s game against the Boks, but have been boosted by the return of wing George North. Wales assistant coach Rob Howley said Halfpenny would be rested for the clash after complaining of feeling light-headed in training over the weekend.
Papier could play in Cardiff
Although scrumhalf Faf de Klerk is available for Springbok selection this week‚ coach Rassie Erasmus indicated that the team might play without him when they meet Wales on Cardiff on Saturday. With Faf de Klerk missing the matches against England and Scotland, Ivan van Zyl and Embrose Papier played, giving solid performances which appear to have given Erasmus the confidence to continue to develop them this weekend. Injured Ashton ruled out of Australia clash
England wing Chris Ashton is unavailable for Saturday’s Test with Australia because of a calf injury, forwards coach Steve Borthwick said on Tuesday.
Lebesi’s salary a stumbling block for Hunt
Gavin Hunt is wary of bringing forgotten Mamelodi Sundowns star George Lebese to Bidvest Wits and admits that the attacking midfielder’s salary is a huge stumbling block. “We will consider any good player available‚ but the problem of taking players from Sundowns‚ Chiefs and Pirates is wages. We don’t pay those wages,” said Hunt, who is on the lookout for at least one left-footed player. “Do you think Sundowns are ever going to let a player come to us? The last time they lent us players we won the league‚ so they will never do that again.” Pirates team official ‘carried gun’
A man who appeared to be part of Orlando Pirates’ team entourage at Loftus Versfeld when skirmishes broke out with Mamelodi Sundowns’s security staff was carrying a firearm‚ the ranking police officer on duty that day has confirmed. Sundowns have opened criminal charges against Pirates at Sunnyside Police Station for damage to property and assault on a security officer.
Chiefs close to record winless streak
Kaizer Chiefs stand on the brink of the longest winless run in Soweto Derby history as they prepare to face bitter rivals Orlando Pirates in the Telkom Knockout semifinals at the Moses Mabhida Stadium on Saturday. Chiefs are winless in 10 games against the Buccaneers dating back to December 2014‚ already their longest streak without success since the Derby was first played in 1970. Pirates have also gone winless 10 games in a row, on two occasions, so one more match without a win would take Chiefs to a new unwanted benchmark.
Veteran Cahill makes emotional swansong Veteran Tim Cahill bid an emotional farewell Tuesday on his 108th and final appearance for Australia who beat Lebanon 3-0. “It’s the first time I’ve cried on a football field and I’m proud of it,” said Cahill, who played the final nine minutes of the match and couldn’t add to his tally of 50 goals for the Socceroos.
Aussies rule out cutting ball-tampering bans
Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft will all have to serve their full bans for ball-tampering, Cricket Australia ruled on Tuesday after reviewing a submission by the players’ union to cut the penalties. Smith and Warner, then Australia’s captain and vice-captain, were banned from state and international cricket for 12 months over the incident in SA in March, while Bancroft was suspended for nine months.
Pothas named interim Windies coach Fielding coach Nic Pothas has been named interim head coach of West Indies for the tour of Bangladesh following the departure of Stuart Law, the West Indies cricket board has said. “The Bangladesh series will be a tough challenge which we look forward to embracing,” said Pothas, who played three ODIs for SA in 2000.
Pacquiao talks Mayweather rematch
Filipino veteran Manny Pacquiao says he has spoken with Floyd Mayweather about a possible sequel to their 2015 superfight, but said no decision would be taken on a rematch until the New Year. “When I met up with Floyd in Japan, we talked and he said he wants to come out of retirement to challenge me,” Pacquiao said in New York where he confirmed his January 19 fight against Adrien Broner.
Drunk stars booted from event
Olympic gold medallist Ryan Fry and his Canadian teammates were kicked out of a World Curling Tour event in Alberta at the weekend for being “extremely drunk”, according to a Canadian Broadcasting Corporation report. Fry, who won gold at the 2014 Sochi Olympics, and his team were removed on Sunday by a committee after complaints they were breaking brooms and swearing as they went out for their match, the report said.
- AFP, Reuters, TimesLIVE