At times it's been brutal. France Television followed Gathie pre-Six Nations on some of his interviews with players ahead of naming his first squad. Racing back-row Lauret, one of the form players in Europe, was seen asking: 'What if the players don't want to?' in response to a command to follow all Galthie and Ibanez directives. The interview was cut and Lauret was left out. … [Read more...] about France: A Six Nations enigma finally solved?
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"We have been building up. I got the preparation wrong for the France game and apologised for that. We were good against Scotland in difficult conditions, and then we took another step up today and we'll take another step up when we play Wales (on March 7)." … [Read more...] about Eddie Jones says he ‘doesn’t need vindication’ after England’s dominant win over Ireland
Only Callum Ferguson with his 44 managed any score of respectability as a miserly Trent Copeland picked three timely wickets to drill a major dent through their top order. South Australia's attempts at grinding their way out of trouble didn't pay off with the likes of Henry Hunt (32 off 125) and captain Travis Head (21 off 81) unable to force the issue with their attritional approach. As a result of the same, when the wickets fell they brought a compounded effect on the team, leaving them trailing by 238 with only four wickets in hand. … [Read more...] about Will Sutherland five-fer blows away Queensland
"You see City playing and this is the team in world football that are able to win all their other games. We have to keep winning. We need to be ready and it is a home game for Watford [next]. It is not about shining but the hardest work. As long as the boys are ready to work hard I am not concerned but there is still a job to do." … [Read more...] about Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp: Champions League triumph instilled never-say-die attitude
“I was just happy to be selected in the New Zealand side and it didn’t matter where really. Just that during that time, we didn’t have any other opening bowlers to partner Richard. But looking back, we were pretty successful,” he said with pride. … [Read more...] about Once I started wearing helmet, I regained confidence: Ewen Chatfield recalls concussion