Meyer appointed Springboks coach

first_img“It is difficult leaving your family (Bulls) behind, but I believe this is my calling and I want to be the coach of a whole nation, not just one province,” Meyer said after his appointment was announced in Cape Town.“I want to unite our country through the team, but I cannot do this alone. I’m going to need every single South African citizen to help me make this the best team in the world.“Winning is the most important thing and I accept that — but I have always coached to make a difference to the people of our country. I also want to thank the Bulls family and what they have done for me in the past.”His mission during a four-year contract that takes him up to the 2015 World Cup in England will be to re-establish the green and gold as a global power after a 11-9 loss to Australia in the 2011 World Cup quarter-finals.De Villiers was criticised by the public and media for hanging on to players clearly past their best like captain and hooker John Smit, who has since retired from the Test scene and moved to English club Saracens.Veteran lock Victor Matfield also quit after the World Cup while centre Jaque Fourie and scrum-half Fourie du Preez have moved to Japan and prop Gurthro Steenkamp and lock Bakkies Botha to France.The policy of most previous Springbok coaches has been to use local-based players only although this was relaxed for the World Cup last year with back Francois Steyn from Paris-based Racing Metro included until he was injured.Unlike outspoken De Villiers, who courted controversy regularly during his four-year reign with many ill-advised comments ranging from race to eye gouging, Meyer keeps a low profile.Born in north eastern city Nelspruit in October 1967, he studied sports psychology at the University of Pretoria before making his coaching debut 14 years ago with minnows Eagles in western Cape town George.He joined the Bulls, whose supporters rank among the most passionate and demanding in world rugby, two years later and after a slow start, turned them into a force with a game based on forward dominance and a kicking fly-half.The highlight came in 2007 when the Bulls conceded an early try and then went on to score 60 points against New Zealand outfit Waikato Chiefs in the most one-sided southern hemisphere provincial championship final.After a brief period at English Premiership club Leicester Tigers, he was appointed Bulls’ director of rugby and had served for one year when he realised a life-long ambition by being put in charge of the Springboks.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, January 27 – Heyneke Meyer, a 44-year-old who guided Northern Bulls to one Super 14 and four Currie Cup titles, was named coach of the Springboks Friday by the South African Rugby Union.He succeeds Peter de Villiers as coach of the two-time World Cup champions, four years after surprisingly losing out to him for one of the most coveted posts in international rugby union.Although Meyer never played the game at provincial level, he is by far the most successful South African coach of the past decade, turning the Pretoria-based Bulls into a national and international force.last_img read more

Ouma confident as Starlets pump up in Limbe

first_img“During the COTIF tournament we played our semi final match under floodlights and I don’t think it will be much of a problem. Just to ensure we are 100 percent okay, we have decided to train at night so that we get fully used to it,” Ouma told Capital Sport from Limbe.“The players are adapting well despite the high humidity we are experiencing in Limbe. I have tried to regulate the training sessions to ensure the players have enough energy for our first match,” he added.Starlets will be playing at the AWCON for the first time in their history and Ouma insists they are still pegging their hopes on getting into the semi finals.“It is such an honor for me to lead this team into the tournament for the first time ever. We still have our targets which we will work on step by step and taking a match at a time. The mood within the team is that we should put our best foot forward in each and every game and we showcase our talent for the whole continent to see,” Ouma said.He admits he still has a headache over the forward line especially with the last minute withdrawal of striker Neddy Atieno who left to join the Kenya Defence Forces.“It’s something that is still giving me a headache but I have been trying to work out different combinations with Esse (Akida), Corazone (Aquino) and Christine (Nafula). I am sure by Sunday I will have picked the best for the team.”Harambee Starlets players during a luncheon hosted in their honor prior to departing to Camerron for the African Women’s Cup of Nations. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluMeanwhile, teams have already started arriving in Limbe and Yaoundé, the two venues for the Nations Cup. Kenya’s opponents Ghana and Nigeria have already touched down in Douala.Black Queens Coach Yussif Basigi speaking to has hinted his side, just like Kenya will be gunning for a semi final slot.“We are trying to discard all factors that can affect performance and results and aim at our target. I don’t want to put unnecessary pressure on the players but we are definitely aiming at qualifying to the semi-finals.”Defending champions, Nigeria are also confident of a good show in Cameroon.The team includes Arsenal superstar Asisat Oshoala and United States based attacking midfielder Francesca Ordega who is confident the Falcons will defend their title.“The goal for us is that we want to retain the Cup in Cameroon. Not just to participate, but to win and return the trophy back home. I am impressed with what I have seen since I arrived in camp,” Ordega told News 24 Nigeria.Ordega has represented Nigeria at all levels, featuring at the 2010 FIFA U17 Women’s World Cup in Trinidad and Tobago and with the U20 at 2012 FIFA U20 Women’s World Cup in Japan.At senior level, she played at the FIFA Women’s World Cup tournaments of 2011 and 2015.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Harambee Starlets head coach David Ouma shouts instructions from the touchline during the team’s friendly match against Egypt on October 28 in Nairobi. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaNAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 17 – Harambee Starlets head coach David Ouma says the side is ready for the big kick-off on Sunday night when they face Ghana’s Black Queens in their first match of the 2016 African Women’s Cup of Nations (AWCON) in Cameroon.The team has been camping in the seaside city of Limbe for the last 10 days and Ouma has switched the training sessions to evening to ensure the girls get used to playing under floodlights before Sunday’s game.last_img read more

Insider Trading: Prolific marksman to snub Arsenal? Plus Manchester United centre-back search

first_imgtalkSPORT’s transfer guru, Warren Haughton, rounds up all the latest transfer rumours and gossip.He has all the latest on which Serie A club Porto hitman Jackson Martinez is favouring over a switch to Arsenal.The Gunners have also heavily been linked with Monaco midfielder Geoffrey Kondogbia, but is he another player who may prefer Italy to the Premier League?And can Manchester United prize their main defensive target away from Valencia, or will the Red Devils baulk at his £36m buy-out clause?Here’s some of the top transfer rumours from agree sale of Lukas Podolski to Galatasaray for £1.4million – reportsInter Milan reject Liverpool’s bid to include Mario Balotelli in deal for £22m-rated midfielderCarlos Tevez latest: Liverpool target’s family ‘want Argentina return’Sevilla chief confirms Gael Kakuta on verge of completing switch from ChelseaManchester United to miss out on £5m Turkish starlet?Manchester United transfer news: The signing who could replace David De Gea – Jasper CillessenAC Milan make late move for Tottenham target with £20m joint bidNicolas Otamendi’s agent to discuss Manchester United move with ValenciaScunthorpe to sign former Swindon star Andy WilliamsManchester United face battle with Inter Milan for Atletico Madrid star MirandaInter Milan step up Geoffrey Kondogbia interest – Arsenal to miss out?Liverpool transfer news: Scout report on Charlton defender Joe GomezLiverpool and Everton to pounce for Turkish international Mehmet TopalReports – Aston Villa have bid accepted for Nice defender Jordan AmaviReports – Chelsea agree deal for ex-Manchester United striker Radamel FalcaoLiverpool to miss out on Barcelona defender Martin Montoya?last_img read more


first_imgCan you spot yourself on the picture gallery from the North West 10k in Letterkenny? We all had a terrific day and we’ll do it all again next year………..when the blisters heal! NORTH WEST 10K: PICTURE GALLERY 2 was last modified: May 1st, 2011 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:letterkennyNorth West 10klast_img read more

Modi swearing-in ceremony: Unwell Lata not to attend

first_imgSinging legend Lata Mangeshkar is not attending Prime Minister-designate Narendra Modi’s swearing in ceremony on Monday.Media reports said the melody queen is unwell, hence she will not attend the star-studded ceremony, that is being tipped as a globally watched event.The other top film celebrity who is not attending the event that is being graced by 4000 guests at the forecourt of the Rashtrapati Bhavan is Rajinikanth.Among the key notables giving the event a miss are Congress leader Shashi Tharoor, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy.While megastar Amitabh Bachchan and actor Rekha were invited to the event, reports said Bachchan might skip the same. While indusrialist Mukesh Ambani had already arrived, sports icon Sachin Tendulkar was also due to come.    Narendra Modi displays the victory symbol. AP PhotoThe event has drawn global attention in view of South Asian Association for Regional Co-operation (SAARC) leaders, including Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, arriving in New Delhi for the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government swearing-in.As for the Union Council of Ministers, there will be 25 ministers of Cabinet rank, while a similar number of leaders will take oath as state minister.Since all the regional political parties of Tamil Nadu including the ruling AIADMK, DMK, PMK, MDMK and a host of various Tamil groups are opposing Sri Lankan President Rajapaksa’s visit, Tamil protestors strongly felt that Rajinikanth should boycott the swearing-in.last_img read more

‘We’re losing, we suck’: Antonio Brown delivers damning verdict on Steelers

first_imgShare on Pinterest Support The Guardian Share on Twitter Topics Pittsburgh Steelers … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share on WhatsApp “Obviously I don’t want a trade,” Brown said on Thursday. “I’m still grateful to put on my uniform, grateful to be a part of this organization. I don’t take that for granted. Obviously it was a stupid remark …I guess I can’t really respond to people that’s saying crazy stuff.”Brown was also absent from the team’s facility on Monday, something for which head coach Mike Tomlin said Brown was disciplined. The wideout said the absence was for a personal reason.Brown acknowledged that the tweet and the resulting media circus were a distraction, but he remains fully focused on winning.“Obviously I’m in the spotlight, so you guys are always putting me under the microscope, but I’m a compassionate individual,” Brown said. “I can’t fake the way I feel. I can’t hide the way I feel. If it wasn’t important to me, then I’d just say it don’t matter, but I’m not that type of guy …Our business is winning, playing football. That’s what I’m here to do.”Pittsburgh are without a win through two games for the first time since 2013, when it started 0-4 and went on to finish 8-8. Antonio Brown (@AB84)Trade me let’s find out 17, 2018 Brown was seen on the sideline during the second half of the Chiefs game, which dropped the Steelers to 0-1-1, in an apparent argument with offensive coordinator Randy Fichtner. On Monday, Brown replied to a critical tweet from former Steelers PR staffer Ryan Scarpino – suggesting Brown wouldn’t be as productive without Ben Roethlisberger – with the words “Trade me let’s find out.” Reuse this content Share on Facebookcenter_img Read more Share via Email news NFL Since you’re here… Share on Messenger ‘I shouldn’t be out there anymore’: why Vontae Davis retired at half-time Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown said on Thursday that his frustration on the sideline during Sunday’s game and his tweet toward a critic on Monday came from his desire to win.Meeting with reporters for the first time since the team’s 42-37 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs, Brown made it clear he does not want a trade, but rather for his team to start performing at the level it has previously. “We were losing the game… we haven’t won a game yet,” Brown said. “For me, as a Steeler, that’s unacceptable. I’m not on the sideline begging for the ball or making statements like you guys [the media] make. I’m pissed off. We’re losing, we suck …We ain’t winning. You’re damn right I’m pissed off.” Share on LinkedIn US sportslast_img read more

Photo: This Fan Is Going Viral At The Oklahoma-Texas Game

first_imgTexas vs. Oklahoma Red River Rivalry at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas.DALLAS – OCTOBER 11: A general view of the Oklahoma Sooners and the Texas Longhorns during the Red River Rivalry at the Cotton Bowl on October 11, 2008 in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)Week 6 of the college football season is just a few hours old and we’ve already been witness to an incredible comeback. Oklahoma entered the fourth quarter of its game against Texas down by 21 points.That didn’t last long. Sooners quarterback Kyler Murray took the team down the field for a quick touchdown to bring the score to 45-31.After the Sooners defense held, Texas punted back without spending much time on the clock. Then Murray happened again.The two-sport phenom raced down the sideline for a 67-yard touchdown to cut the Texas lead to just seven points. That led to a few long faces from the Longhorns faithful who watched their team’s lead evaporate into thin air.One of those fans went viral.Watching the end of this Texas-Oklahoma game like— ESPN CollegeFootball (@ESPNCFB) October 6, 2018To further the angst of Texas fans everywhere, Oklahoma quickly put up another touchdown and tied the game at 45 with just over three minutes left to play.It’s been an instant classic in Dallas.Stay tuned.last_img read more

White buffalo calf born during Texas thunderstorm

first_imgAPTN National NewsThousands of Native Americans flocked to a ranch near Dallas, Tex., this week for a special naming ceremony.The guest of honour was a rare, two-month old white buffalo named Lightning Medicine Cloud.He got his name for being born during a thunderstorm.The white buffalo is regarded as sacred in Native American culture and it is believed to have great spiritual importance.The calf was honoured with prayers, songs and a pipe ceremony.One one in 10 million buffalo calves are born with the white colouring.last_img read more

Global uncertainty having impact on Albertas economy

first_imgSteady as she goes.That’s the latest from ATB Financial’s quarterly provincial outlook.The bank has slightly lowered its 2018 GDP estimate to 2.6 per cent, down one-tenth of a point.ATB Chief Economist Todd Hirsch said the move is due to global trade uncertainties.“With the U.S., China, and sanctions against you know, Europe and Turkey and other places, with the global economy more uncertain around that trade environment, we see Alberta being affected with that uncertainty just a little bit,” he said.Hirsch said Alberta is likely to still lead the country in growth this year, but the rate is nowhere near pre-recession levels seen between 2010 and 2014.last_img read more

Chirag Paswan popular in Jamui but may face a close contest this

first_imgJamui (Bihar): Riding the Modi wave, young Lok Janshakti Party leader Chirag Paswan made a successful debut five years back from the reserved parliamentary constituency named after this district, but the going may not be that easy this time due to changed caste equation.The 36-year-old Chirag Paswan, whose political debut came a couple of years after his acting debut received critical appreciation but met with commercial failure, had achieved a comfortable victory with a margin of about 80,000 votes. The return of Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, who heads the JD(U), to the NDA has earned a following among the ‘mahadalits’ through targeted affirmative action and would provide the ballast that may be crucial in this Lok Sabha segment which is spread across three districts Munger, Jamui and Shekhpura and encompasses six assembly constituencies. The poorest among the dalit groups were given the name ‘mahadalits’ by the Nitish Kumar government in 2007 for whose welfare, special schemes were started. However, Paswan stares at a contest that could still turn out to be tight, a reason why he has hardly stepped out of his constituency for past several days and star campaigners who have canvassed in his favour include heavyweights like Kumar, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh. The Lok Sabha seat came into existence in the delimitation of 2008 and Bhudeo Chaudhary, who won it in the first general elections that followed, is now pitted against the LJP MP. The constituency will see voting in the first phase on April 11. Chaudhary, who was the NDA candidate in 2009, fought on a JD(U) symbol and beat by about 30,000 votes his nearest RJD rival Shyam Rajak. He is now with the RLSP and the candidate of the ‘Mahagathbandhan’ (grand alliance). Paswan, who has emerged as the de facto leader of the party his father Ram Vilas Paswan had founded nearly two decades ago, has quite a few accomplishments under his belt which he banks upon in addition to the formidable caste arithmetic that the BJP-JD(U)-LJP alliance brings to the table.last_img read more