Tupou wants another taste of Test rugby

first_imgTupou has had a career year as Queensland’s go to option at tighthead prop, his scrummaging and defensive work now complementing the world class carries which made him a YouTube sensation.He is arguably the form prop in the country and that will have him firmly part of Wallabies coach Michael Cheika’s plans when Ireland come to town in June.”I really hope I’ll be able to get a chance to play later on this year,” Tupou said.”I’ve been focusing on the Reds but if I get a chance to play again that would be awesome.”Tupou made his Wallabies debut against Scotland at Murrayfield last year but was taken on Spring Tour in 2016, too, as a development player.That has accelerated Tupou’s growth, as even he admits he was in dire need of a scrummaging masterclass when he arrived at Ballymore in 2015.”It helped a lot, especially at scrum time,” Tupou said.”Coming off of school in New Zealand as a big prop I used to just run over the white boys.”But if you don’t have the scrum you can’t play so I have been learning from guys like James Slipper, Sekope Kepu and Alan Alaalatoa.”I’m looking forward to working with them again in June and then hopefully later in the year.”Direction from Reds coach Brad Thorn has helped, too.He has asked Tupou to shelve the gut-busting runs for added impact in defence and at scrum time – a formula which has certainly helped so far this season.”Thorny doesn’t want me to focus on my running,” Tupou said.”He wants me to focus on my D and my scrummaging.”The running will come later on.”last_img read more

NSL underway in Lae

first_imgThe game scheduled for yesterday was brought forward to today to allow time for the soccer fraternity in Morobe to watch the Women Olympic Qualifier between PNG and visitng New Zealand at the PNGFA soccer academy.  The double header NSL game today is between Lae City Dwellers and Admiralty of Manus. After the first 45 minutes, Admiralty is leading 1 – nil.  More to come…last_img

PNGOC announces new vision and constitution

first_imgThe PNGOC’s vision for 2016-2020 is ‘Inspire and Unite Papua New Guineans through sorting excellence and success’.This was made known at the PNGOC’s Annual General Assembly (AGA) by president Sir John Dawanincura.Also announced was the new constitution that requires member Federations to be incorporated with voting rights. A transitional period of 18 months will allow existing unincorporated national federations to incorporate and automatically become members.The AGA also saw the re-election of PNGOC executives which included Sir John Dawanincura retaining his position as president for a second term.All the other executives also retained their positions unopposed on the board except for the position of male vice-president, with Michael Henao as the new member.Richard Kassman did not seek re-election to the position.Dawanincura acknowledged Kassman for his contribution to PNGOC during the last term.He said during his tenure, Kassman played an important role leading Team PNG as the Chef de Mission for the Pacific Games and the Pacific Mini Games in 2013.“We thank Richard for his time and commitment as a member of the board and for his contribution towards Team PNG’s success, and we wish him all the very best in his future endeavours,” said Dawanincura.last_img read more

6 Lewas in EAP team of the tournament

first_imgThis comes after the Lewas finished undefeated at the International Cricket Council (ICC) East Asia Pacific (EAP) Regional Qualifier held in Samoa this month.Six Lewas are in the team of the tournament that was selected by Steve Bernard (tournament referee) and Jane Livesey (ICC development officer).Team of the tournament:Lelia Bourne (Samoa), Veru Kila Frank (PNG), Taalili Iosefo (Samoa), Sibona Lucy Jimmy (PNG), Kopi John (PNG), Etsuko Kobayashi (Japan), Regina Lili’I (Samoa) – captain, Shizuka Miyaji (Japan), Ravini Oa (PNG), Konio Oala (PNG), Pauke Siaka (PNG) and Matile Uliao (Samoa).The Lewas returned to the country yesterday afternoon.last_img

PNG U20 women fight back to draw with Bloomsburg University

first_imgShooting accuracy was a key factor in the games where there were many attempts at goal but the team couldn’t get the ball in the back of the net again to take the lead.PNG U20 women’s coach Lisa Cole said there were plenty of good chances created by the team but we still lacked the finish touch.Cole was impressed with the effort put in and  was proud to walk away with the draw.“The team put in a good fight at the end of the game looking to get the win,” she added.The team has had mixed results so far, losing their first game against Seattle Pacific University but redeeming themselves with a 2-1 win against Lock Haven University in their second match.Outside of football training and matches, the squad has worked closely with Centre Soccer Association, participating in a CSA Youth Clinic at State College and attending 50 Fest, the 50th anniversary celebration of Centre Region Parks and Recreation. These extra-curricular activities have allowed the young team to meet and inspire other young athletes and immerse themselves in the American culture.The squad has three matches left in their tour of the United States before Cole will select the final squad to compete at the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in November.last_img read more

Pogba’s situation in United worsens even more

first_imgManchester United fell again yesterday (2-0), this time against an Arsenal that was as injured as they were and that with the arrival of Arteta It seems to have hopes of catching the flight. But in Old Trafford they have not changed trainer even though Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been on a long tightrope (They are fifth in the standings and the team’s game does not show solidity). He even admitted that they could sign “one or two players” in January Yesterday nobody understood the reason why he was smiling at a press conference despite the result, but what everyone said about his star caught his attention, Paul Pogba: “Your people have already warned you that you need an operation and it is probably what you do.” The French midfielder, who has been in the dry dock almost all season for an ankle injury, has re-fallen and yesterday lost his second consecutive game since his short return. The coach himself acknowledged that he will be off the pitch another four weeks approximately. The Norwegian coach dropped that it depends on his environment whether or not he passes through the operating room, insinuating that the decision does not have much to do with the club itself (even if he agrees) and further aggravating relations with the board. To that we should add that his agent, Mino Raiola, He does not do his best to help him, but tries to make the gap even bigger, who knows if he wants it out in the future (the Real Madrid It is the best placed to get their services but the growth of Fede Valverde has slowed interest): “They would even ruin Maradona, Pelé or Maldini. Paul needs a club, a team, one like Juventus was.” From the words of his representative it follows that They are already looking for an exit as the first option, because they do not seem confident that the reinforcements that may come in winter will reverse the situation of the English team.As if that were not enough, the recently removed heavy weights are not on their side. On one side is Robin van Persie, who does not quite believe that the injury is the only problem of the player: “All this is a mystery to me because there are no complete answers. Paul must ask himself if he really wants to stay or if he wants to go.” On the other side is Rio Ferdinand, who is tired of the French footballer hiding behind the Italian representative instead of facing his followers: “Let him go out and talk. You’re a man. Your voice is going to be the loudest one. Don’t let your agent talk and shut him up. If you talk and shed some light on the situation, your hobby, your teammates, your club and your coach will know how you are. “His injury is lengthened, his coach points to his surroundings, his agent blames the team while talking about an exit and the former players turn their backs while the midfielder does not go out to explain what happens to him. The situation is getting more complicated for the Manchester United star (his balance this season is eight games and zero goals) and it seems clear that his destiny is increasingly far from the English club. 6 Premier League* Data updated as of January 2, 2020last_img read more

Lobotka tightens the rope waiting for an agreement

first_imgThey look like condemned to understand each other, but Celtic and the Naples have not yet closed the transfer of Stanislav Lobotka. Although the Vigués club he has downor its initial claims, still demands 25 million euros and for the moment Naples has been planted in 18 ‘kilos’ plus bonus. While his future is decided in the offices, the Slovak midfielder tension the rope to go to Serie A. In addition to seeing his salary increased by more than double, to Lobotka also seduces him go to Naples to to play this campaign the round of 16 of the Champions League against Barcelona.In Italy they point to N’Zonzi as a replacementThe economic injection that the Celta perceives for the international with Slovakia will finance the hiring requesteds by Oscar for this market. Although Lobotka was indisputable until this day for the Catalan coach, his substitute It will not be the star signing of the Vigués club this month. The priority is to become property with a level end, a partner of guarantees for Iago Aspas, while the option of an assignment until June is contemplated for the core. From Italy, the journalist Ciro Venerato affirms that Celta has been interested in the pivot situation Steven N’Zonzi. The world champion with France, and with past in Sevilla, is on loan for Rome in the Galatasaray, but the Istanbul club wants to cancel the loan. The Olympique de Lyon also intends it. The soccer player himself asked Óscar García don’t play sunday against Osasuna. With this decision, agreed with its FairSport representation agency, Lobotka seeks press Celtic Y avoid injury that frustrates his signing by the entity of San Paolo.center_img To the directive chaired by Carlos Mouriño the last amount that Naples has offered not satisfied, since not all the money will go to their coffers. The Danish Nordsjælland a percentage of a future sale when he transferred the pivot by 5 million to Celta. It corresponds to him 25% of surplus value. That is, if the operation were closed at 18 kilos, the benefit for the Vigués club would be 9.75 million.last_img read more

Emerson’s progression convinces Barça

first_imgThe name of Emerson Aparecido Leite de Souza Junior (14-1-1999) begins to sound loud in the office of Barça’s technicians. Known as Emerson Royal (Because of the similarity his aunt found with the mascot of a famous jelly brand in Brazil), the very young right-back man who will turn 21 in a few days progresses properly. Barça is already considering the option of executing a clause by which it could anticipate the arrival of the player, foreseen by contract until 2021. The arrival of Emerson links with another of the ideas that surround the head of the Barca technicians: sell to Nelson Semedo. Barcelona announced the signing of Emerson on January 31, 2019. Coming from Atlético Mineiro, he signed for five seasons. The cost of the operation was 12 million euros and closed by the hand of Betis, which paid half of the transfer with the condition of maintaining 50 percent of the rights of the player, which he owns today. Complex clauses surrounded the wording of the contract. In principle, Barça would have to pay six million euros to Betis if he executes the player’s return in 2021. If you advance this summer, you would have to pay, a supplement and the final price would be between 9 and 12 million. The good relationship between Barça and Betis, confirmed in the transfer of Junior Firpo and the assignment of Aleña, would facilitate conversations. LaLiga Santander* Data updated as of January 6, 2020center_img Emerson has already scored three goals and has given four assists this season. Between Semedo and Sergi Roberto, the two right sides of Barça (without considering Wague that has hardly had any options) have not scored any and have given five assists. To the figures of Emerson (which could have gained weight because it reaches the rival area a lot) adds the feeling that it is a side with physical power, that it is going forward and that it is also growing. That factor is the one that convinces the Barça technicians, who have intensified the follow-up of the player, who It does not have a community place, although today is not a problem at Barça (only has Arthur Y Vidal as foreigners).’Discovery’ of André Cury, the head of the technical secretariat in South America, Emerson arrived in Europe after a strong bid that Chelsea and Arsenal also entered. His signing, full of clauses and commissions, was questioned in Barcelona. Mainly because a transfer was being paid for a player who was not going to wear the Barca shirt, but Betis. After a few months, however, there are already voices that see him as the right-wing future of Barcelona. The possible exit of Semedo in summer and its growth in the championship begin to make it feasible.last_img read more

Atlético seeks the goal against Barça after 193 minutes at zero

first_imgThe Cholo is welcomed to the scoring capacity of Morata, João Félix and Correa’s good moment. In total, only five of the 25 players called by the Argentine coach know what it is to mark Barcelona, ​​to which we must add the injured Diego Costa. Vitolo and Koke, with two goals each, they are the ones that have scored the most goals for the Blaugrana team, although the canary, who won both with Sevilla, he has needed 14 games to make them and the vallecano 25. Atlético cannot find the goal against Barcelona. The Blaugrana team, always noted for its offensive power, has formed a wall before the rojiblancos that only Diego Costa has managed to knock down in the last four games, somewhat in 360 minutes that did not serve to win after Dembélé tied for the Catalans in the last moments. In the last League match Simeone started the game much better than Barcelona, pressing up and arriving with danger, but at the moment of truth Ter Stegen always won, before Hermoso, Morata and with the collaboration of the club in a rejection of Junior. Finally a goal of Messi decided the match for Barcelona, which was done with the three points in the Metropolitan Wanda with the same script that had followed several times in the Vicente Calderón. In Jeddah, Atlético will have a point in favor: there will be Ter Stegen, the great Blaugrana hero in the last league match. The mattress team comes stronger from face to door than that December 1 and in his last four games he has scored eight goals, two in each encounter (Lokomotiv, Osasuna, Betis and Levante), always taking the victory. A confrontation that has traditionally been scored by the goals, but that in the last appointments they have not lavished in that facet. It is more, in the 16 league matches that Atlético have played against Barcelona with Simeone in command never They have gotten score more than one goal, something that if it happened in the 2016 Champions League victory in the quarterfinals with a double by Griezmann (2-0), the other mattress win was also in the European competition in 2014 and in the Copa del Rey, falling defeated by 2-3 .center_img The other three athletes who have marked Barça have been Morata, who saw the door in the Champions League final between the Blaugranas and Juventus, Saul, author of somewhat in 14 face to face and belt, who made at Camp Nou his only goal in the 10 games he has played against Barça. The rest, they have not been able to pierce the Barca goal. Gimenez He hasn’t scored in the seven games he has played against them, Savic in six, Thomas in five, Beautiful, Vrsaljko and Llorente in four, Arias and Lemar (not summoned) in two and Felipe, Herrera, João Félix and Lodi (only five minutes) at its premiere on December 1.last_img read more

The schedules of the 24th day of LaLiga Santander are already known

first_imgLaLiga has made public the schedules belonging to the twenty-fourth day of the First Division. A day to be played between Friday 14 and Sunday 16 February.The duel that will open this battery of matches will take place in Los Cármenes. There, Granada will receive Real Valladolid on Friday 14 At nine o’clock at night. One day later, on Saturday, the capital match of the day will be played: a Valencia-Atlético de Madrid. Two very even teams will see their faces in Mestalla at nine of the night after having tied for the first round. Just a few hours before, At four o’clock, Barça will receive Getafe at the Camp Nou. He will also play with the guardianship of the local team on Real Madrid against Celta. White and blue will measure their strength at the Bernabéu on Sunday at nine o’clock at night. It will be the duel that closes the day.In addition, this delivery of the championship will give us two derbies: one Basque and one Valencian. Villarreal will receive in La Cerámica al Levante in a decisive clash; and Ipurúa will witness the meeting between Eibar and Real Sociedad.last_img read more