Damian McKenzie to start at first five for Maori

first_imgCoach Colin Cooper has named All Blacks Akira Ioane, Tawera Kerr Barlow and Rieko Ioane in his starting fifteen along with Nehe Milner Skudder.Hawke’s Bay’s Ash Dixon will captain the side which features just two new caps in reserves, Bryn Hall and Rob Thompson.”We’ve named a strong group who all have good clarity on how we want to play this match against the Lions. We feel Damian will suit the game plan that we want to play, from the number 10 position, “Cooper said he was pleased with the way the players had connected throughout the week.”We experienced a powerful pōwhiri on Monday which really resonated with the boys and it’s been great to be here in Rotorua and feel all the support. It’s really lifted the team and helped bring them together as a unit.”We recognise the challenge that is ahead of us on Saturday, but we’re really excited as a group by the opportunity we have to represent New Zealand, Māoridom and the fans that will descend on Rotorua this weekend.”Maori team is (*denotes new cap);1. Kane Hames – Tasman (Ngāi Tuhoe/Ngāti Porou)2. Ash Dixon (captain) – Hawke’s Bay (Ngāti Tahinga)3. Ben May – Hawke’s Bay (Ngāti Maniapoto/Tainui)4. Joe Wheeler – Tasman (Ngāi Tahu)5. Tom Franklin – Bay of Plenty (Ngāti Maniapoto)6. Akira Ioane – Auckland (Ngāpuhi/Te Whānau ā Apanui)7. Elliot Dixon – Southland (Ngāpuhi)8. Liam Messam – Waikato (Ngāi Tūhoe)9. Tawera Kerr-Barlow – Waikato (Waikato/Ngāti Maniapoto)10. Damian McKenzie – Waikato (Ngāti Tūwharetoa/Ngāti Tahinga)11. Rieko Ioane – Auckland (Ngāpuhi/Te Whānau ā Apanui)12. Charlie Ngatai – Taranaki (Ngāti Porou/Te Whānau ā Apanui/Te Whakatōhea)13. Matt Proctor – Wellington (Ngāpuhi/Ngāiterangi)14. Nehe Milner-Skudder – Manawatu (Ngāti Porou/Tapuika)15. James Lowe – Tasman (Ngāpuhi/Ngāi Te Rangi)Reserves16. Hikawera Elliot – Counties Manukau (Ngāti Awa)17. Chris Eves – Manawatu (Waikato/Tainui)18. Marcel Renata – Auckland (Ngāti Whānaunga/Te Aupouri19. Leighton Price – Taranaki (Waikato/Ngāti Maniapoto)20. Kara Pryor – Northland (Ngāti Awa/Ngāti Pikiao/Ngāti Rangitihi)21. Bryn Hall* – North Harbour (Ngāti Ranginui)22. Ihaia West – Hawke’s Bay (Ngāti Kahungunu/Ngāti Porou)23. Rob Thompson* – Canterbury (Ngāti Kahungunu)  Photo: Photosport Damian McKenzie evades a tackle at Soldier Field, 2016.last_img read more

Blair, Luke and Harris return to boosts Warriors

first_imgHarris (knee) and Luke (calf) were listed in the initial line-up for last Sunday’s encounter with Gold Coast but didn’t recover sufficiently and were later ruled out.Blair was serving a one-match suspension but, along with Luke and Harris, returns in a starting forward pack showing three changes from the combination used in the 36-12 loss to the Titans.Luke slots in for Jazz Tevaga, Harris for Joseph Vuna and Blair for Simon Mannering.Tevaga and Mannering, who makes his 296th career appearance this week, join Bunty Afora and Leivaha Pulu as the first four players on an extended bench.The other four players on the interchange are utility Peta Hiku, halfback Mason Lino, prop Sam Lisone and Vuna.It was hoped Harris would be ready to make his comeback last week but he has now been set for this battle against the fourth-placed Dragons, who are on 28 points, four ahead of the eighth-placed Warriors.He has missed the last four outings against Penrith, Brisbane, Melbourne and Gold Coast.Luke is in line to return at dummy half after picking up a calf muscle injury in the loss to the Storm on July 22.With Harris in his regular spot on the right edge and Blair back in the No 13 jersey, Mannering takes on an the interchange role he’s filled seven times previously this season.The backline named is unchanged from the one used against the Titans.last_img read more

Thailand bans plastic bags and that’s how its inhabitants respond

first_imgThailand is without doubt one of the international locations with the best air pollution index. In an effort to put an finish to it and get well environmental stability, the nation has taken measures on this simply began 2020. To this finish, it has eradicated plastic bags from any sort of commerce. One of many components that may not be lacking in any retailer or grocery store, indisputably, however that has not affected its inhabitants within the least.Past native televisions, the response of the residents of Thailand to the federal government’s determination to get rid of plastic bags has not taken lengthy to leap to social networks all over the world. And as a substitute of going out to protest, the inhabitants of the nation have had essentially the most authentic thought to hold their purchases with out polluting: use any sort of object or accent, actually. Thailand began 2020 with a significant plastic bag ban so now Thais have made it a pattern to place their shoppings in random issues & i’m dwelling for it LMFAO pic.twitter.com/7QtkMD1oax The nation has lowered the air pollution fee due to citizen cooperationThe inhabitants of Thailand have opted for all types of objects as a bag Picture: iStockcenter_img – siam (@sihamese) January 4, 2020Positioning itself because the fifth nation on the planet with essentially the most waste thrown into the ocean, due to the measures of the Minister of Pure Assets and Atmosphere, the nation managed to go right down to the tenth place in only a few months. And it’s that the cooperation of the Thai folks is being an instance for the remainder of the world, on this case additionally for the elimination of plastic bags. Any object that can be utilized to load is completely legitimate to buy groceries. A chicken cage? In fact. A wheelbarrow? Higher unimaginable. A carry-on suitcase? Excellent for smaller purchases. Each within the information of the nation and after all in social networks, the photographs of the inhabitants going to purchase with ‘bags’ every mannequin extra authentic than the earlier one have gone all over the world. my private favourite hahah pic.twitter.com/mfEt3pKuIn– joe (@ joe91826478) January 5, 2020I simply can’t ???????????? https://t.co/6L5lQsDUTj pic.twitter.com/jrnbxbl3HC– ??????????? (@ AeWSos56) January 5, 2020I need to add my favourite image of this ban to this thread. Lmaoooooo pic.twitter.com/HSfKRuXDX8– ???????????????????? ???????????????????????????????? ???? (@badassfalin) January 5, 2020last_img read more

Junior talks about his past: “He was going to train and came back crying”

first_imgHis past in football: “They put me in soccer so I could make friends. I didn’t like football. I finished training every afternoon and I was crying home; I said they took me away from football that I didn’t know what it was, I didn’t like it” .Tour of Villamarín: “It will be a very special day for me. I really want to see how they receive me. It is a large stadium that the fans make very large, There is always an incredible atmosphere. It will be a difficult field, as local the support of the fans was tremendous I don’t want to imagine the pressure as a visitor. “Messi’s goal at Betis-Barça last year: “I was watching it from the stands. With Messi’s goal, I got up and went directly to the locker room because I said that I have already seen everything. It will be a long time for us to see someone like Leo.” Junior Firpo granted an interview to the club’s official television, Barça TV, in the previous match between Barcelona and Betis, which will be held next Sunday from 9:00 p.m. at Benito Villamarín. The side spoke of his early years in football, when he suffered on the grass, of the arrival of Quique Setién to Barcelona or about his progression on the pitch. First months in the club: “I’m happy, but I think I can do much better. Playing in Barcelona is of another magnitude. The pressure is much more different than in Betis.”The city: “I live near the beach. So when we have days off I go for a walk with my wife and my daughter. The truth is that very happy. I really like the city.”The rival Betis: “He has very good players, he has reinforced himself very well. I know his wardrobe perfectly, his players of great quality. They will fight for European positions until the end. They are having a season of ups and downs. They combine moments of good football, good results with good results. other worse parties. “The pressure: “As much as it was a similar style, playing in Barça is of another magnitude. You have to win by playing well. The pressure is much more different than in Betis.”Setien: “He likes to participate. He is a very close coach who always wants to know when the player feels. He has very clear ideas and will die with them no matter what happens. He likes multipurpose players a lot. in when the system, knowing that you can play in two different positions makes you have more options. “Setién’s assistants: “He has a wonderful technical staff. From the goalkeeper coach, the physical trainer to Eder Sarabia. He and Setién are like yin and yang. Quique is calm, tranquility. And Sarabia is passion, temperament. It is a tandem that works “.last_img read more

To endure more than five years as a couple? The Japanese have a decalogue of tips

first_imgImage: iStock When we meet a special and unique person, one of our greatest desires is to share with her as much time as possible. Wanting and loving a person is essential to maintain a relationship over the years, but there are other points that also have to be careful not to end unfortunately in a break.In addition to the love and respect that both parties of a couple have to feel, some aspects must be taken care of to help the coexistence not end up breaking this special bond. Good communication and mutual empathy are key points to achieve a healthy and stable relationship, but even knowing this there are times when it is very difficult to carry them out. In order to make relationships have no expiration date and be lasting, the Japanese have developed a list of decalogues of some tips that must always be kept in mind if we want to be together with our better half. Some of the tips may seem a bit obvious, but remembering them from time to time is what really helps us to put them into practice. Tips for a long lasting relationship – Enjoy life at all times.– Share plans, joys and worries as a couple.– Discuss if necessary, but make peace on the same day.– Be open and honest in showing our feelings with words.– Make plans and ideas a reality.– Be honest and comment on mistakes made and things that cause problems.– Do not tell lies.– Go hand in hand no matter how long it takes together.– Support in some moments things that we do not like.– Appreciate each other, regardless of the situation or the moment in which we are.Although it is likely that you already knew some of these tips, they are tips that we must implement if we want to make our relationship last forever. Having them in mind helps us to live with our partner in a healthy way and for much longer. In addition, it should be said that a relationship is a matter of two, and that is why we must be empathetic and also think of the other person.center_img There are Japanese tips for a more lasting relationshipRemember them every little time, help to put them into practicelast_img read more

Zidane: “I’m not worried, but we must be more attentive”

first_imgDoes 4-3-3 compromise the team defensively? “We have been playing like this all our lives, I don’t think it weakens us. In the first goal we are not positioned, but it can happen. And it will happen more times. We must have a lot of concentration, we play against good players.”Are you going more angry or disappointed? “Always disappointed if two points are lost at home. We have failed in the first goal, we know that we can play against teams that are locked up. In the second part we were much better. But as we know, they are details and until the end, in a play, you can mess it up. “Has the team fallen physically? “I do not think, the season is very long and we know that more complicated matches will come. Physically we are not bad, although we can improve even more. Our first five minutes were good, but they scored a goal and it cost us. We can improve in many aspects, not only physically. We will play against teams that come much better. “Aidoo collided with you and hit you. It’s okay? “All right”.The Bernabéu gave applause to Bale: “What am I going to comment on that? We know that the public commands. Bale has played a good game, we are happy. There is a lot left, we have to think about what we do.”With Marcelo in the League, eight games and only one without fitting. Do you see a direct relationship? “I don’t think it was well defensively. You get data, but we’re happy with all the players when they play, we’re going to keep fighting for everyone. This is still long.”It was lost against Real here, it is tied today, last year it was lost in Copa against Barça and in Champions against Ajax. What happens to Madrid in the Bernabéu? “Nothing happens. To defend ourselves, we are first on the table, it means a lot. We will lose points, this is football. They are details and we have to improve them. We have to be focused and until the end. It tastes bad, we made a good effort in the second part. We must continue. “But how does the defensive downturn explain? “It’s football, there is no explanation. We have conceded two goals, sometimes there are mistakes and when we see the second goal, the pass is extraordinary. There is no more explanation.”Hazard is the hope of Madrid? “We are very happy with your game, it’s 70 minutes in Those who have done very well. We know what you can contribute. I think he has played more than expected, but because there was no rush. We have worked very well with him to return. He got the penalty, I’m very happy for him. We have to continue preparing the following matches, what is coming will be more complicated. “ Zinedine Zidane analyzed Real Madrid’s draw against Celta (2-2) in Movistar’s flash interview. The white coach lamented the loss of two points.How is it about the blow he has received in the match? “Yes, it has given me, but hey, it didn’t have to be there.”Are you more hurt by the tie?: “Yes, because of the effort we made. We lost two points at home. It is not easy to return to the game after the goal they scored. They do not deserve to be where they are. I am hurt by the two points lost. Missing five minutes, the goal can sometimes be discussed in our mistake, but it has been a phenomenal Denis pass. “Have defended well: “Yes, it is difficult to always be involved all the time. From time to time you cannot always defend well but in general we are not doing badly.”The changes have not served?: “I wanted to put more in defense of Mendy, more compact. But hey, the changes after the game can always be discussed. We lost two points after the game we did in the second half, which has been better. But there is satisfaction of things we did”.Satisfied with Bale’s match: “Yes, with everyone.”Hazard has returned: “Well, happy. He played 70 minutes, was scheduled and has done quite well.”Later, Zidane appeared before the media in the press room of the Santiago Bernabéu. That was his appearance.What feeling does the game leave? “Aching, we made a tremendous effort in the second part and five minutes from the end we are tied. It was not easy, in the first part back and we could not find the hole. We focused too much. In the second part we were much better.”How did you see Hazard? “Glad his return and the 70 minutes he has given us. We know the player he is, after three months it was not easy and happy with how he has been.”Are you worried that Madrid has lost defensive tone lately? “It doesn’t worry me, but as you know it will be more complicated in the coming matches. We must be more attentive. The first goal is a mistake, but in the second the Denis pass has been spectacular, we must recognize it. I am not worried. There is a rival, that’s the way football is. We’ve scored two goals, Celta doesn’t deserve to be where he is. “How did you see Bale? “Well, everything. Happy for his match.”last_img read more

They think of a tandem Jesús Muñoz-Nandinho as a possible relief of Gutierrez

first_imgAlthough José María Gutiérrez already had on his right hand, David Badía, who sat on the local Mediterranean bench before Fuenlabrada as the first coach was sanctioned, Almeria announced this Sunday the incorporation of Jesús Muñoz. The Castilian-Manchego coach returns to the Almeria club after being last season’s second coach of the first rojiblanco team. At the moment, he occupies the position of technical assistant, although it is not ruled out that he takes the reins in the case of dismissing Gutierrez. Nevertheless, having trained this season in Second Division B, he could not serve as the first coach, the option being a tandem Jesús Muñoz-Nandinho, as indicated by ‘Diario de Almería’. Thus, the current coach of the subsidiary would rise to the first team to form a pair with the moteño. Almeria is going through its worst streak of the season. Play a game far from the level of your players and letting thirteen of the last fifteen points at stake escape, also giving away many at the Stadium of the Mediterranean Games, with a balance of one win, one match and three losses in the last five games disputed in the enclosure of the Vega de Acá. This has caused the sheikh, impatient to achieve promotion to Primera, has José María Gutiérrez in the pillory.However, the dismissal of the former Real Madrid would cause him not to be able to bring a first-line technician, because there would hardly be any margin with the salary limit; In his day there was talk that the former Guti has a record close to one million gross euros (net is something else, since it pays 51%). So, The new property of Almería has thought of the technician born in the Cuenca town of Mota del Cuervo, as a possible substitute for Gutiérrez in case of a more than possible removal from it.Jesús Muñoz landed in Almería last season, serving as second coach after doing the same function with Paco Jémez in Rayo and Granada. The moteño, who wore the shirts of Albacete, Atlético, Deportivo and Zaragoza, directed this course to Hercules. Now he can have his chance at the head of an Almeria that has also incorporated the analyst Víctor Mañas, who was already in the rojiblanca entity with Unai Emery.last_img read more

Marcus Rashford: All the talk at Man United

first_imgMANCHESTER, England (AP): The player who is all the talk at Manchester United right now isn’t listed on the 31-man squad on the back of the team’s match-day program. There’s even a section currently up on United’s website, posing the question many are wondering: Who is Marcus Rashford? Well, he is the 18-year-old rookie striker who has saved under-pressure United coach Louis van Gaal from even deeper scrutiny and who could be a potential star of the future at Old Trafford. Playing in his first match for United’s senior team as a late injury replacement, Rashford scored twice against FC Midtjylland to lead United’s recovery in a 5-1 win that qualified the team for the last 16 of the Europa League on Thursday. With an injury crisis coursing through Van Gaal’s squad, Rashford is likely to be starting up front against Arsenal in a globally anticipated English Premier League game in front of nearly 80,000 spectators on Sunday. It’s something of a whirlwind for a player who, before Thursday, had never started a game above under-19 level and signed a professional contract at United only in 2014. Now he is the club’s youngest ever scorer in European soccer. Van Gaal is clearly excited about Rashford’s potential, but is being cautious. “It is fantastic (for him), but you have to be consistent and we are looking for consistent strikers,” Van Gaal said after the Midtjylland game, slightly puncturing the jubilant mood. “There are not so many on this earth.” Of course, these are early days for Rashford and there are plenty of examples of where great starts to careers at United didn’t come to fruition. For every Wayne Rooney, who memorably scored a hat-trick in the Champions League on his United debut, there is Federico Macheda — the Italian who scored on his first-team debut in April 2009, but has been on an unsuccessful tour of the English lower leagues ever since. Rashford looks to have the composure and technique to go places, though. Born and raised in Manchester, he comes from the same junior club — Fletcher Moss — that spawned former United players Wes Brown, Danny Welbeck and Ravel Morrison. He has captained United’s Under-19 team and was the top scorer for the Under-18s last season. Against Midtjylland, he liked to get involved in play rather than just prey on the shoulder of the last defender. But his predatory close-range finishes for his second-half double showed a goalscorer’s instinct. “In the first half he ran too much out wide,” Van Gaal said, “and I said he needs to be in front of goal to score.” Rashford is arguably United’s sixth-choice striker — behind Rooney, Anthony Martial, James Wilson, Will Keane and emergency targetman Marouane Fellaini. Those five are either injured or on loan (Wilson) so Rashford is likely to start against Arsenal, a game United needs to win to keep in touch with the top four. “I watched him last night and he was quite impressive,” Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said. “I know all of their players — Rashford I didn’t know.” He’ll know more about the kid come Sunday evening.last_img read more

Miller ‘happy’ as effort secures win for Jamaica

first_imgSpinner Nikita Miller has labelled his Man of the Match effort as decent after piloting Jamaica Scorpions to a 30-run win over Windward Islands Volcanoes in WICB First-Class Championship action at Sabina Park on Sunday.Miller claimed an impressive five for 46 for an overall match haul of nine for 113, as the Windwards, set 176 to win, were bowled out for 145.”It was a decent effort,” he said after the pulsating contest, which ended late on the third day and saw the Windwards capitulate from the position of strength at 126 for four.”I was asked to do a job by my skipper, which was to maintain discipline, slow down the run rate and pick up wickets.”That, I was able to do, and for that I am really happy, as we were on the back foot for the most,” he noted.Jamaica, who made 259 in their first innings, found themselves having to play catch-up after being dismissed for 128 in their second innings. That position could have easily been worse had they not recovered from a disastrous state of 25 for seven.Having fought their way back into the contest, the Windwards, who were dismissed for 212 in their first innings, found Miller hard to handle once again. Bowling his trademark nagging off-stump line with several variations in flight and pace on a wearing pitch, the 33-year-old was able to induce several false shots, which led to the demise of the visitors.He was also aided by some spectacular catches, one of which came from fast bowler Jason Dawes. Running around from wide long-off, Dawes leapt high to take a one-handed catch, which caused the dismissal of the dangerous Sunil Ambris next to the boundary rope.The dislodgement was crucial, as it broke a threatening third-wicket stand of 63 between Ambris, who hit 40, their second-highest score, and opener Devon Smith, who went on to make an innings-high 50.Miller, with 13 wickets from two matches, four behind leader Shane Shillingford of the Windwards, said he was looking to finish high up on the bowling list.”I always look to get most wickets in whatever tournament I’m playing,” he said. “However, first of all, my focus is to get wickets for the team and help us win. If I am at the top of the bowling charts after that, then that is also great.”The Scorpions, who were recording their first win from two matches, are scheduled to depart the country tomorrow for Trinidad and Tobago, against whom they will play their third game in the 10-match round-robin tournament.last_img read more