Vunipola out to stop All Blacks

first_imgWellington-born Vunipola grew up idolising All Blacks winger Jonah Lomu, while his father Fe’ao, a former Tonga captain, once described his son as the ‘next Olo Brown’, a nod to the 56-test All Blacks prop.”When I was growing up I watched the All Blacks and I loved them, mostly because of Jonah Lomu,” Vunipola told reporters on Friday ahead of the second test at Wellington Regional Stadium.”I always wanted to be like him.”Vunipola left New Zealand as a child when his father moved to Wales for a professional rugby contract. The week of the second test is the 26-year-old’s first trip back to Wellington.Along with younger brother Billy, who was also selected for the tour but withdrew with a shoulder injury, Vunipola spent his early life in Pontypool and his Welsh valleys accent is still prevalent.While their father wanted both his sons to play for Wales, Mako progressed through the England age-group system after a move to Gloucestershire and a scholarship to the Millfield School in Somerset.He made his England debut in 2012 and played all three tests on the 2013 Lions tour of Australia. He has cemented himself as the first choice loosehead prop on the current tour.Vunipola was stung by last week’s 30-15 loss to the All Blacks at Eden Park, particularly after Lions coach Warren Gatland said his team had lacked the physicality to match the world champions.”It was him laying the gauntlet down to us and it’s up to us to accept it,” Vunipola said. “We are going into the game wounded and pride is on the line (and) … I wanted the opportunity to go out there and prove him wrong.”I don’t know if that’s what he meant, but it’s up to us to prove him wrong and send out a statement.”A statement performance is what is needed for the tourists, who arrived as arguably the best team to tour New Zealand since the 1971 side that clinched the only test series victory over the All Blacks.Vunipola said the team had been in intense training sessions and spoken at length about the challenge to send the series back to a decider at Eden Park on July 8th.”We know the task in front of us is immense … (and) we have spoken about this being the biggest game of our lives,” Vunipola said. Photo: Photosportlast_img read more

Tere-Apisah girls beat nieces to gold

first_imgPNG’s Abigail and Marcia Tere-Apisah took on their nieces, Patricia and Violet Apisah, in what was a close yet entertaining match, testing family ties.The match saw the older Apisah girls Abigail and Marcia beat Patricia and Violet two sets to nil, claiming gold while their nieces settled for silver.Abigail and Marcia won the match 6-3 6-3 in straight sets.last_img

Isapeas open up season with win

first_imgThey defeated Port Moresby Vipers 18-16 at the National Football Stadium in front of about 3000 fans and supporters.Isapea made history by being the first team in the Digicel Cup to win at the new stadium.Vipers were the first to score 10 minutes into the game through Nicko Dom and took the lead 4-0 after an unsuccessful conversion.Isapea got its first two points on the score board 4-2 six minutes later from a penalty kick from Solomon Pokari.Vipers extended their lead, scoring their second goal two minutes later through captain Samuel Koim 10-2 after a successful conversion by Quinton Ragi.Isapeas fought back, scoring their first try 16 minutes to half-time 10-8 after a successful conversion by Pokari. The score was 10-8 at half-time with Vipers in the lead.In the second half, Isapea leveled the score from a penalty kick by Pokari four minutes into the second half 10-10.Five minutes later Isapea got back in the lead, thanks to a try from Jojo Forova 16-10 after a successful conversion.The game was physical and intense as Vipers fought back to score 13 minutes to full time through Koim 16-16.Isapea kicker Pokari helped his team to victory with a successful penalty kick 5 minutes to full time 18-16.In other results, Mt Hagen Eagles defeated Waghi Tumbe 14-10 at Rabiamul Oval in Mt Hagen, Simbu Lions lost to Hela Wigmen 42-12 in Mendi and Rabaul Gurias beat Enga Mioks 6-2 at Kalabond Oval in Kokopo.last_img read more

Tomás will live today the second debut of his life in Cornellà

first_imgWill live this saturday Raúl de Tomás his third game with the Espanyol shirt, and the first with the blue and white, since the calendar wanted his first two meetings, both settled with a goal against San Sebastián de los Reyes in the Copa del Rey and against Villarreal in LaLiga, were produced at home (although in Ceramics seemed to act like a local). Nevertheless, it will not be his debut at Cornellà-El Prat. The circumstances conspired so that In 2014, specifically on October 29, there was a premiere that almost six years later becomes a wink of destiny. To the Real Madrid, of whose quarry was part of Thomas, the luck touched him Cornellà, of Second B, in the 16th of the Copa del Rey. But, having its Municipal capacity of only 1,500 spectators, The Baix Llobregat club reached an agreement with Espanyol to play it at Cornellà-El Prat, then Power8 Stadium. In the meantime, Carlo Ancelotti included the striker in a mixed call with most players of the first team. What ended up facilitating his debut is that Real Madrid already won 1-4 in the 75th minute. It was precisely a few seconds after that fourth goal, Marcelo’s work, when Ancelotti gave the alternative to the today battering ram, which entered through Isco Alarcón, with 27 behind him and ‘R. of Thomas’ as a name of war (It would not be RDT until its arrival at Rayo Vallecano), yes, with its characteristic gummed hair.FELIPE SEVILLANO & nbsp; (DAILY AS) ‘); return false; “class =” item-multimedia “>Raúl de Tomás entered through Isco in the 75th minute of Cornellà-Espanyol.FELIPE SEVILLANO (DAILY AS)center_img In 15 minutes, He headed once to the center of Dani Carvajal and suffered a hard tackle on the left. I would never play with Madrid again. But that day, as today, he played as ‘local’ in Cornellà: it is estimated that, of the 28,595 spectators, at least two thirds were white followers.last_img read more

Michael Zorc charges against Neymar: “He is a good actor”

first_img“It was too hard, I consider it almost ridiculous”, were the declarations of the boss borusser after the final whistle that closed the elimination of Borussia. “Neymar exaggerated. We all know how good an actor he is. Today he has put it to the test again, “he said. Of course, taking into account the passing of the game, yes He admitted that the fault for not getting a better result from the French capital was his own team. “We were not able to create danger near his goal. We were close in various parts of the game, especially thanks to Achraf and Sancho’s performances on the right wing, but we did not have clear opportunities, “he concluded. Michael Zorc, sports director of Borussia Dortmund, was quick to direct his anger after the elimination of BVB from the Champions League at the hands of PSG towards the person of Neymar. The reason of his discomfort was a scene in the final stages of the crash in the Parque de los Príncipes, completely empty due to the coronavirus, in which Emre Can faced the Brazilian star after a foul and ended up being sent off by a push to the star of the Parisian ensemble. Under Zorc’s point of view, Neymar exaggerated his reaction, thus causing the referee to show the red card to the German international.last_img read more

Ludmila, nine games to match his best personal brand

first_imgThis year, however, it has yet to hit its numbers. He has eight goals at Primera Iberdrola with nine games still to be played (the remaining eight days and the game postponed due to the footballers’ strike). He did not score in the only Copa de la Reina match nor could he do so in the Super Cup. In the Champions League, where the tie against Barcelona still has a minimum, he has two goals to total ten goals. He is three to match his best personal record in domestic competition and eight in all competitions. An important challenge.Ludmila plus assistantLudmila has evolved a lot since coming to Europe. The Brazilian, just landing, was all power, but without control. She had to polish her tactical rigor and her movements to take advantage of all the power and strength that the soccer player has. And its evolution is also seen in the numbers. ANDn her first season, the Brazilian gave seven goal passes in 31 games, all of them in the league, to end the year with those seven assists. A year later, he equaled his best figure with six goal passes in the league and one in the Champions League in 28 games played. This year, however, he already has nine in 26 games. The Brazilian has given six in First Iberdrola and three in Champions to overcome her best mark as an assistant. Ludmila has nine games to go to match his best goalscoring record at Atlético. The Brazilian completes her third season of rojiblanco and has become a vital player for the mattresses. In fact, It has been untouchable for the three technicians who have passed through the Madrid bench. His eight goals in the first 21 games have him three of his best league record., the eleven he has scored in his first two seasons in Europe. It’s more, this year the Brazilian has her worst goal average. If in his first season he had 0.42 and in the second he climbed no less than 0.67. This has remained, at the moment, at 0.38.Since the Brazilian came to Atlético in 2017, she has always been very important. In his first year he scored eleven goals, the best mark of his career. In Brazil, in his seven seasons as a footballer, he had kept eight goals at most. In her first year as a rojiblanco, the Brazilian scored eleven goals in the First Iberdrola, one more in the Cup and another in the Champions to close the season with thirteen goals. Much better was last year, its best course so far on the old continent. I note eleven goals in Primera Iberdrola, like the previous year, but it came out in the Queen’s Cup, where she was the top scorer with six goals, plus the goal she scored in the Champions League to close the season with no less than 18 goals, his best personal brand of his career.last_img read more

“I sign that the season ends and Cádiz and Zaragoza ascend”

first_imgHe Cadiz It continues to facilitate contact between the players of the first team and the fans through virtual meetings. In this case it was up to Jorge Pombo, one of the additions to the winter market. The player arrived as a loan from Zaragoza and has a clause in his contract that would force the Cadista club to pay his tab in case of obtaining the much-awaited promotion to the First Division. The man spoke of this and much more for about half an hour. The playmaker believes that the season of Cadiz and the Saragossa are being meritorious: “Cádiz has spent almost the entire season as leader, that is something that is very rarely achieved. Zaragoza also has merit, because with the budget it has it was complicated. It is to praise the season that they are doing. It is a pity that this quarantine has happened because of how we were both on track, but you have to be calm. “ As for the position in which he is most comfortable playing, the hand affirms that “I can play in different positions. In Zaragoza I played as a forward, although the playmaker is the one I like the most. I can also play on the far left. “To the question, Would you sign that the season ended now and Cádiz and Zaragoza ascend? the footballer is clear “I sign it right now. Selfishly I sign it, my team would be promoted and in which I play now. But I think the season is going to continue, I don’t think they will cancel it. It is a grace that can be canceled due to the privileged situation we have, we are first. It is a shame because there are many people behind, workers, the hobby … It will be played without a hobby because it is the protocol to guarantee safety but it will continue. “The footballer is enjoying the Carranza, although he affirms that this has not always been the case, “When you are a visitor you feel a lot of pressure. When I came with Zaragoza I thought it was a very screwed up stadium, and above all the times that I have come we have never won “.He praised his peers, although he prefers to associate with Perea Y Alex, “I like to associate with Perea and Álex. They are players who like the ball, and they are two gamers. With Jurado and Yann (Bodiger) I also understand myself well. “And as for the ones that make training more difficult for him: “With Fali he is the one I pick the most in training. I haven’t been in a long time, but I have a lot of it with him, and with Yann (Bodiger) I have a lot of it. “He also joked with the fans about the Andalusian accent and the southern expressions, “There are very strange words and you also speak very fast, there are times when I don’t find out anything. Expression I stay with ‘what’s up, balls?’ I was very surprised and Juanito (Marchante) says it a lot. That phrase has stuck with me. “Of First it remains with a player, “Isco. I have always paid close attention to it. He seems to me a brutal player, he also plays in my position. Each one has their favorite players. Messi is in another world because he is from another planet, but removing that, Isco seems to me the best “.From his tattoos, Pombo He explains that “many have no explanation because what I see I get tattooed. I have some relatives who are no longer there. The ones that have the most meanings are those of my parents and my sister, and those of my cousins. The one that most identifies me is the tiger because they call me that. “The soccer player affirms that he does not like television much, but he does series. “My favorite series is ‘Game of Thrones’ without a doubt, and as a child I liked ‘El Internado’. I am not much of a TV watcher, beyond the news.” Pombo He spoke sincerely throughout the meeting, and He recognized that, despite being happy in Cádiz, it was hard for him to leave his city. “It cost me a lot because it was the first time I left Zaragoza. A new stage was beginning and it was difficult for me to come to Cádiz. I think that I have chosen a good option and I am very comfortable and happy here.”In fact, affirms that he would stay in Cádiz even if he did not get promoted, “I would not mind, it is a club and a very good city. I am very comfortable here, and I would not mind staying, but my contract says that if we do not ascend I will return to Zaragoza. “He also expressed his opinion regarding playing behind closed doors, “the best thing would be to continue, but with the fans, because without an audience football is nothing, everything looks very poor. In the end, football is a spectacle, without fans and without an audience, it should not be resumed “, he says Pombo. elevenlast_img read more

Kyrgios tattooed Kobe Bryant and LeBron: “With me forever”

first_imgNick Kyrgios wastes no time throughout confinement because of the coronavirus pandemic. The Australian tennis participant additionally collaborates with solidarity causes, reminiscent of organizing the distribution of meals to folks with difficulties leaving the house or with out monetary assets, which he dispatches comfy with a well-known French sports activities newspaper on his social networks. And this Monday, the 24-year-old tennis participant has shared the massive new tattoo that adorns his left arm and through which the deceased Kobe Bryant and LeBron James seem, his two nice idols within the NBA.“Kobe and the King, with me perpetually and a little bit of Jordan (whose quantity 23 seems on James’ shirt)”, Kyrgios writes on Instagram together with a video through which he exhibits the drawings of tattoo artist David Chavez. The faces of the Mamba and the Chosen one and their figures from the waist up. “I needed to get some Kobe tattooed after what occurred. It is a vital a part of my life and though I do know that I can not get the issues that he did, generally at the very least I strive ”, Nick says in a video through which the tattoo is seen, which clarifies that it was printed on the pores and skin earlier than confinement.last_img read more

Courtois annoys Barcelona

first_imgIn the meantime, the competitors is making ready for a future return through which there are nonetheless eleven days remaining, so if the return of soccer is carried out, we’ll quickly know who’s the simply champion. Sport ‘); return false; “class =” item-multimedia “>Cowl of the Sport newspaper of Might 6, 2020.Sport 13 Then again, they’ve on the primary web page “Quique Setien’s duplicate”. The Barça coach insists that his workforce is the chief with a two-point benefit and stresses that “In case you can’t proceed, the logical factor can be for it to remain as it’s.”center_img These statements didn’t sit properly with the Catalan press. In actual fact, the quilt of Sport leads the Belgian is the protagonist of a canopy titled: “Courtois, why don’t you shut up?” In a heading they name “The ‘sung’ of the doorman” clarify that “Declare the league title if it doesn’t finish primarily based on direct enrfentamientos.” Thibaut Courtois spoke yesterday for the general public tv of his nation and thus analyze the season of Actual Madrid, the implications of the coronavirus in soccer and the way forward for the Santnader League. And the goalkeeper defined his viewpoint, through which he assures that if the competitors doesn’t resume, the white workforce must be champion regardless of being second within the leaderboard: “We had been higher than Barça. It could be unfair to make them champions. We’re solely two factors from Barcelona and we may be champions.”last_img read more