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					                                                                                                                         World Cup balls are no excuse for inaccuracy: Steyn
                                                                                                        South Africa’s opponents may have breathed a sigh of relief               Frans Steyn injured his shoulder in the 13-5 victory over
                                                                                                        when the injured Frans Steyn left the Rugby World Cup and              Samoa in the pool stage, supposedly removing the threat
   Welsh fans in the crowd                                                                              took his prodigious goal-kicking talent with him.                      that any offense within 60 meters of the posts might be pun-
  prior to the Rugby World                                                                                 But the Springboks’ prolific points-scorer, Morne Steyn,            ished with a thundering penalty kick.
   Cup match between Fiji
                                                                                                        says they shouldn’t relax too soon as he is prepared to take              South Africa meets Australia in the quarter-finals on
     and Wales at Waikato
                                                                                                        the long-range kicks.                                                  Sunday in Wellington and is boosted by Morne Steyn’s suc-
 Stadium in Hamilton, New
                                                                                                           “I’m not in Frans’ range but with the place kicks maybe             cess rate at the tournament being typically excellent when
   Zealand, on Oct 2. (AP)
                                                                                                        some of the long ones will come to me now,” Steyn said. “I’d           many other kickers, notably Jonny Wilkinson, have strug-
                                                                                                        like a go at some of those long ones, but Frans has taken it           gled.
                                                                                                        to another level. From our own 10-meter line, I think that’s a            Some have blamed the new Gilbert balls in use and tricky
                                                                                                        bit out of my range. But if the weather holds up maybe I can           weather conditions, but Steyn said the balls at least cannot
                                                                                                        take it with the wind from my own 10 meters.”                          be blamed. (AP)



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                                                                                                           ‘Props need special dispensation’


No binding: skintight jerseys no good for props
AUCKLAND, New Zealand, Oct 4, (AP):              Pumas’ win over Georgia on the weekend.         Franks and Ayerza will be on opposite         feel like he’s trying on a Lycra cycling         vation means the days of thick, heavy,              For the French, style obviously is
It seems the props are struggling to come        “As a loosehead I find it hard to bind and   sides in the quarter-final clash on Sunday,      suit.                                            sweat-drenched cotton jerseys are long           important.
to grips with the skintight jerseys they’re      attack a prop when he’s got a very tight     while Stevens will tangle with the French           “I prefer the loose ones, I prefer to         gone.                                               “We’re asked our size, we try them on.
being shoehorned into at the Rugby World         shirt.                                       frontrowers.                                     breath. I don’t like to hold my breath,” he         “The history of jerseys is a long one,”       Every player practically has a tailor-made
Cup.                                                “It’s something to have a look at by         All will have to grin and wear their          said. “My feeling: I personally don’t pre-       France prop Fabien Barcella told AP. “I          jersey. I wear an XL, some wear an
   While the outside backs don’t seem to         every team, the regulation should allow      annoyance a while longer.                        fer a tight shirt, but if other props do then    couldn’t care, if I’m asked to play in a jer-    XXL,” Barcella said. “They’re still very
be having any problems parading                  the prop to have a bit looser,” jersey.         Forwards “are usually the last ones to        fair play to them. “It’s up to the other prop    sey from the 1980s, I’ll wear it.”               comfortable. I’ve known tighter jerseys,
physiques in the aerodynamic strips, for            It’s a crucial area of the game for the   be thought of,” Franks said. “I’m pretty         to try and get a grip,” he continued.               Back then, forwards could yank each           they seem that way but they’re fairly elas-
heavyset props the slim-fitting shirts are       Pumas pack, which is famed for its           sure the props didn’t put in an order for        “You’ve obviously got to work harder to          other’s sleeves, or grab and pull a rival        tic, actually. There’s no problem on that
causing workplace safety problems in the         unyielding scrum.                            super-tight jerseys from the get-go.”            get a grip, if you don’t get a grip it will be   round by his collar in the grunt and frenzy      level.”
engine room.                                        Argentina meets top-ranked New               Ayerza thinks the props need special          to the other prop’s advantage.”                  of the rucks and mauls and scrums.                  Vastly improved technology has led to
   The key concern is the initial, split-sec-    Zealand in the quarter-finals this week-     dispensation.                                       Ayerza thinks it is not quite as bad for         Over the last decade, many rugby play-        moisture-free, wafer-light synthetic poly-
ond bind for frontrowers in the scrum, the       end. All Blacks prop Ben Franks, and            “In any other position in the game you        his team-mate Juan Figallo, who is a             ers have crossed over from being sporting        ester jerseys that protect players from
time honored rugby setpiece which pits           England’s Matt Stevens, are among the        can have a tighter shirt,” he said. “But (in     tighthead prop.                                  stars to celebrities, and every facet of their   most of the elements, keeping them dry
packs of eight giant forwards in a head-on       big man airing similar grievances about      the) scrum it’s a backwards thing to have           “Sometimes as a tighthead you would           image has followed suit.                         on the inside.
engagement.                                      the jerseys.                                 a tighter shirt.”                                have an advantage, because the scrum                “Now skintight jerseys are in fashion,           The shift in jersey culture first came to
   “Yeah, definitely. I feel that tight shirts      “Especially for a loosehead it’s a lot       It is no easy task for a behemoth prop to     may collapse, and if he goes down it’s a         and we follow the fashion like anyone            prominence at the 2003 World Cup, when
are not helping for the amount of col-           harder to get that initial bind,” Franks     squeeze into one of these jerseys, either.       50-50 call,” he said. “It shouldn’t be like      else,” Barcella said. “If the fashion was        the England team brought the skintight
lapsed scrums,” Argentina prop Marcos            said. “There’s nothing really to grab, so       At 1.91 meters and 126 kilograms (277         that. It’s worse for a loosehead.”               old-style jerseys we would go back to it.        look onto the world stage on the way to
Ayerza told The Associated Press after the       you’re kind of grabbing for skin!”           pounds) Tonga’s Soane Tonga’uiha must               Modern technology and constant inno-          Fashion always has an effect.”                   winning the tournament.



    World Cup Diary

  England’s Tuilagi fined: Centre
  Manu Tuilagi has added to England’s
  disciplinary woes at the World Cup
                                                 NZ is replaceable at WC: IRB
  with a fine for wearing an illegal
  gumshield bearing a sponsor’s name,
                                                                                                                                  ‘No All Blacks, no World Cup’
  team officials said on Tuesday.
     Tuilagi, whose older brother Alesana        AUCKLAND, Oct 4, (AFP):
  was punished for the same misde-
  meanour last week while playing for            International Rugby Board                                                                                                                                                                         Fighting for justice
  Samoa at the tournament, was fined             (IRB) chief executive Mike
  NZ$10,000 ($7,500) for wearing the
  wrong mouthguard in England’s game
  against Georgia.
                                                 Miller has responded to
                                                 New Zealand’s threat to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 IRB suspends
     The illegal gumshield bore a spon-
  sor’s name in contravention of the tour-
  nament’s policies. “Manu wore a
                                                 withdraw from the 2015
                                                 World Cup by saying
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Samoa’s Sapolu
  branded mouthguard or the branding                                                                                                                                                                                                             AUCKLAND, New Zealand, Oct 4, (AP):
  was visible against Georgia when he            “everyone is replaceable”.                                                                                                                                                                      Suspended Samoa center Eliota Fuimaono-
  shouldn’t have, so therefore he’s been           Steve Tew, the chief executive                                                                                                                                                                Sapolu says he’s ready to quit playing
                         fined 10,000 NZ         of the New Zealand Rugby Union                                                                                                                                                                  rugby if his outspoken comments against
                         dollars,”        an     (NZRU), said pulling the All                                                                                                                                                                    the International Rugby Board lead to bet-
                         England team                                                                                                                                                                                                            ter treatment for second-tier teams.
                         official said.          Blacks from the next World Cup,                                                                                                                                                                    Fuimaono-Sapolu was suspended by
                             “It’s a genuine     in England, could not be ruled out                                                                                                                                                              the IRB from all rugby after failing to
                         error and now           as his organisation lost money                                                                                                                                                                  appear at a World Cup judicial hearing on
                         he’s just trying to                                                                                                                                                                                                     Tuesday for his critical comments on
                         focus            on     every time the quadrennial tour-
                                                 nament was staged.                                                                                                                                                                              Twitter about the IRB and referee Nigel
                         Saturday’s quar-                                                                                                                                                                                                        Owens, who controlled Samoa’s narrow
                         ter-final against          Tew said competing at the ongoing                                                                                                                                                            loss to South Africa last week.
                         France.”                World Cup in New Zealand was cost-
                             The        fine                                                                                                                                                                                                        But Fuimaono-Sapolu said on New
                                                 ing the NZRU more than NZ$13 mil-                                                                                                                                                               Zealand TV he wasn’t informed about the
                         comes after two
         Tuilagi         England players,        lion ($10.3 million), casting a shad-                                                                                                                                                           whereabouts or time of the hearing.
                         Courtney Lawes          ow over their participation in four                                                                                                                                                                Asked if he would have attended the
  and Delon Armitage, were suspended at          years’ time.                                                                                                                                                                                    hearing if he knew, he said, “Perhaps.
  the World Cup and the team was forced             But Miller, in an interview with                                                                                                                                                             They don’t really have most people’s trust
  to admit to illegally swapping match           New Zealand station Radio Sport,                                                                                                                                                                at the moment. A lot of injustice has been
  balls during the pool encounter with           broadcast on Tuesday, when asked if                                                                                                                                                             dealt by the IRB and I would struggle to
  Romania. Tuilagi, 20, who plays for                                                                                                                                                                                                            believe they would come up with a just
  Leicester Tigers, said it was an inadver-      the World Cup needed the All Blacks,                                                                                                                                                            decision for me.”
  tent mistake. (AFP)                            arguably rugby union’s most famous                                                                                                                                                                 Was he ready to sacrifice his pro rugby
               ❑      ❑      ❑                   team and one of its most successful,                                                                                                                                                            career? “Yes,” said the qualified lawyer.
  Estebanez out of World Cup:                    replied: “It would be good for the All                                                                                                                                                          “I studied hard for a reason, to make sure
  France centre Fabrice Estebanez will           Blacks to be there.”                                                                                                                                                                            I had a backup.”
  miss the rest of the World Cup after              When the point was pursued,                                                                                                                                                                     The 30-year-old Fuimaono-Sapolu has
  being banned for three weeks for a dan-        Miller said: “Everyone is replace-                                                                                                                                                              hinted at having retired from international
  gerous tackle.                                 able.”                                                                                                                                                                                          rugby after his second World Cup, but
     Estebanez received a yellow card for           Turning to Tew, Miller added:                                                                                                                                                                was contracted with English club
  the spear tackle on Tonga replacement                                                                                                                                                                                                          Gloucester, where he was named their
  Joseph Tuineau in the second half of
                                                 “He’s on the IRB Council, he’s been                                                                                                                                                             best player last season.
  the 19-14 loss to the Pacific islanders        involved in all of the decisions that                                                                                                                                                              The Samoa Rugby Union was also
  on Sunday.                                     we’ve made for the last five or six                                                                                                                                                             charged with misconduct for failing to
     Estebanez, who started France’s first       years, so he knows what’s going on.                                                                                                                                                             control the player. SRU officials apolo-
  pool game before being relegated to the           Tew said the bulk of the NZRU’s                                                                                                                                                              gized to the IRB two weeks ago after
  bench for the final three, will be avail-      NZ$13 million shortfall came from                                                                                                                                                               Fuimaono-Sapolu likened the shorter rest
  able to play again on Oct 25, two days                                                                                                                                                                                                         time endured by Tier Two teams to slav-
  after the World Cup final. He has 48           television revenues and gate receipts
                                                 lost because the annual Tri-Nations                                                                                                                                                             ery, apartheid and the Holocaust. The
  hours to appeal the decision.                                                                                                                                                                                                                  player was warned then about future com-
     France play England in the quarter-         competition was shortened in World
  finals at Eden Park on Saturday.               Cup years so it did not clash with the                                                                                                                                                          ments on social media outlets.
  England back Delon Armitage will also                                                                                                                                                                                                             But after losing to the Springboks in a
                                                 tournament. “Why did they (South                                                                                                                                                                torrid quarterfinal-decider, in which
  miss the match after being banned for          Africa, Australia and New Zealand)
  one match for a dangerous tackle.                                                                                                                                                                                                              Owens was criticized by both teams,
  (RTRS)                                         choose to truncate the Tri-Nations?,”                                                                                                                                                           Fuimaono-Sapolu tweeted that Owens
               ❑     ❑     ❑
                                                 Miller said.                                                                                                                                                                                    was racist and biased, accused the IRB of
                                                    “That’s not the IRB’s doing, that’s       Fiji’s Wame Lewaravu is tackled by Wales’ Lloyd Burns during their Rugby World Cup game at Waikato Stadium in Hamilton,                            conspiring to help the top teams and dared
  Ioane ready for return: Australia              what they decided to do. They lost                                                           New Zealand, Oct 2. (AP)                                                                           the IRB again to come after him.
  wing Digby Ioane said Tuesday he was           money because of that.”                                                                                                                                                                            In saying racist, Fuimaono-Sapolu said
  ready to make a dramatic comeback in
                                                    The IRB have long maintained
                                                                                                                 Fijians call for heads to roll over W. Cup debacle                                                                              he meant how Samoa didn’t receive fair
  this weekend’s World Cup quarter-final                                                                                                                                                                                                         refereeing, noting after the heavy 2007
  against South Africa just a month after        World Cup revenues are their main                                                                                                                                                               World Cup loss to South Africa that New
  fracturing his thumb.
     Ioane, who suffered the injury in the
  Wallabies’ opening Pool C win against
                                                 way of funding the development of
                                                 rugby worldwide and Miller said life
                                                 was tough all round given the global
                                                                                              Tonga, Fiji receive contrasting reception                                                                                                          Zealand referee Paul Honiss was also
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 heavily criticized.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    “We always get bad referees, we
  Italy at North Harbour on September 11                                                      WELLINGTON, New Zealand, Oct 4,                  team’s failure may jeopardize the hold on        in preparing players for 15-a-side, the num-
  and underwent surgery, said he was             economic recession.                                                                                                                                                                             always get stereotyped that we don’t
                                                    “I have huge sympathy for every-          (AP): Tonga and Fiji were both eliminated        power of military strongman Commodore            ber of matches we’ve had and all the reports     know how to play rugby; that we’re thugs,
  available for Sunday’s sudden-death                                                         in the pool rounds of the Rugby World Cup,       Frank Bainimarama.                               of the past CEOs and coaches and see
  game in Wellington against the defend-         one. It’s a very tough economic situ-                                                                                                                                                           that we’re stupid. We’ve always got that,”
                                                                                              but the teams returned to vastly differing          Bainimarama’s government was seen to          where we go from here,” Tikoitoga told the       Fuimaono-Sapolu said.
  ing champions.                                 ation at the moment, all of the unions       receptions in their Pacific island home-         have had a strong influence over elections       Fiji Broadcasting Corporation.
     “I’m 100 percent, I’ve been doing           are suffering. We are looking at the                                                                                                                                                               In saying biased, he said proving actual
  full training this week, so I’ll be out                                                     lands.                                           earlier this year which installed a new Fiji        “Things that have been done by FRU,           bias by Owens was debatable, but there
  there for selection,” Ioane told
                                                 issues.”                                        Tonga pulled off one of the biggest wins      Rugby Union board, headed by Colonel             where we’ve gone wrong and how we can            was apparent bias because of a conflict of
  reporters here on Tuesday.                        Meanwhile, New Zealand players            in its history when it beat France in its last   Mosese Tikoitoga, the chief of the nation’s      better the result for our future games. That     interest in Owens being a Welshman in
     “I’m ready to play and looking for-         and coaches poured scorn on an               pool match and lifted its world ranking          land forces.                                     is one of the major tasks for the board, to      charge of a game that had a bearing on
  ward to it.”(AFP)                              International Rugby Board (IRB)              from an all-time low of 15th when the tour-         Tikoitonga was among a handful of offi-       map out a change of strategy and how we          Wales qualifying for the quarters.
                ❑    ❑     ❑                     warning on Tuesday that future               nament began to an all-time high of 10th.        cials and relatives who greeted the Fiji team    can prepare our team for future World               “There was a perceived bias that could
                                                 World Cup tournaments could go                  The team’s homecoming on Monday               at Nadi airport. He said the FRU board           Cups.                                            have been eliminated by just getting
  Italy’s Ghiraldini banned: Italy’s                                                          almost closed down the Tongan capital of         would conduct a thorough review.                    “We owe it to the boys for playing for        another ref,” Fuimaono-Sapolu said.
  Leonardo Ghiraldini has been suspend-          ahead without them.                                                                              “Now that we’ve seen the result of
                                                    It was inconceivable the sport’s          Nuku’alofa as fans left schools and work-                                                         Fiji. Rugby is bigger than all of us and         “How hard is that?”
  ed for 15 weeks for ‘gouging’ the eyes                                                      places to clog the route between the airport     preparations it’s time for the board to sit      needs to be seen as a national issue and not
  of Ireland prop Cian Healy during the          showpiece tournament could take                                                                                                                                                                    IRB referees manager Paddy O’Brien
                                                                                              and downtown. The trip, which usually            down and have a look at all the preparation      something that belongs to an individual          defended Owens on Tuesday.
  teams’ decisive World Cup pool match           place without any of the top sides,          takes 30 minutes, took more than three           that was done, how sevens has played a part      sport.”
  last weekend, the International Rugby                                                                                                                                                                                                             “There were, like all games in the tour-
                                                 members of the squad said.                   hours.                                                                                               Despite strong censorship imposed by          nament, errors made (in the Springboks-
  Board (IRB) confirmed after a discipli-
  nary hearing here on Tuesday. The 26-             It was a statement that stunned              The Fijians returned to headlines pro-                                                         Bainimarama’s military regime, which             Samoa game). Any errors we addressed
  year-old hooker, who admitted the              members of the New Zealand team              claiming the darkest day in the nation’s                                                          seized power in a 2006 coup, questions are       with Nigel,” O’Brien said on Radio Sport.
  offence but denied his actions had been        who are preparing to play their quar-        rugby history and to calls for heads to roll                                                      being openly asked in the Fiji media about       “It certainly wasn’t seen as a perfect per-
  deliberate, was found guilty of breach-        ter-final match in the ongoing tourna-       for over its World Cup failure.                                                                   the board’s stewardship of Fiji rugby.           formance and there are some areas we’ve
  ing Law 10.4(m) by making contact              ment against Argentina in Auckland              Under a one-word headline “Shameful,”                                                             The Fijian despair contrasts with the rap-    asked him to look at. But overall, he’s ref-
  with the eyes or the eye area and acts         this coming Sunday.                          the Fiji Times newspaper said Fiji’s stand-                                                       turous welcome accorded to the Tongan            ereed very, very well here.”
  contrary to good sportsmanship.                                                             ing in world rugby had disintegrated after                                                        team that arrived in Nuku’alofa, led by             Owens will ref the quarterfinal between
     In a fixture both sides had to win to          “You can’t have a World Cup with-         its 66-0 loss to Wales in its last pool game,                                                     brothers Isitolo Maka, the coach, and Finau
                                                 out the All Blacks, without any of the                                                                                                                                                          New Zealand and Argentina.
  advance to the quarter-finals, Pool C                                                       its worst-ever Rugby World Cup defeat.                                                            Maka, the captain.                                  Fuimaono-Sapolu said he had the sup-
  winners Ireland triumphed 36-6 at              top nations. They’ve all got to be              The widely read Fiji Village website said                                                         “Traffic jammed Tongatapu’s main roads        port of some Samoa teammates, but he
  Dunedin’s Otago Stadium and so                 there just to make it a legit World          “tough decisions will be made” when the                                                           and the island came to a standstill as crowds    didn’t want to be regarded as speaking on
  knocked Italy out of the tournament.           Cup,” wing Richard Kahui told                board of the Fiji Rugby Union meets in                                                            turned out to greet the national rugby team,
     The IRB said in a statement:                                                                                                                                                                                                                behalf of the team.
  “Having conducted a detailed review of
                                                 reporters.                                   Suva on Thursday. The website said sever-                                                         the Ikale Tahi,” MatangiTonga reported.             “I just want justice for the next genera-
  all the evidence available, including all         Assistant coach Wayne Smith also          al of the coaching staff involved in Fiji’s                                                          “The bus carrying the players and man-        tion,” he said. “We beat Australia, we
  broadcast angles and additional evi-           rejected Miller’s comments, saying           Cup campaign, including head coach Sam                                                            agement had to be escorted by police offi-       should have beaten the Springboks but we
  dence from the Player and submissions          the New Zealand public would not             Domoni, may lose their jobs as “questions                                                         cers, some walking beside the bus all the        were climbing up the hill. Adversity after
  from his legal representative, the             stand for it.                                continue to be asked” about the team’s poor                                                       way from the airport to keep the excited         adversity, hurdle after hurdle. I just want
  Judicial Officer found the contact with                                                     performance.                                                                                      fans from overwhelming the returning play-       the next generation of Samoan players to
                                                    “You’ve just got to see what rugby           Rugby is a central part of Fiji’s national                                                     ers.
  the eyes of the Irish player to be a delib-                                                                                                                                                                                                    be given a level playing field.
  erate act on the part of Ghiraldini and        means in this country to think of it as      culture and the poor performance in New                                                              “In Tongatapu the population had, it             “It’s a shame to throw away (my) rugby
  categorised it as top end offending            inconceivable,” he said.                     Zealand of the so-called “Flying Fijians”        Ireland’s Paul O’Connell runs at Italy’s         seemed, self-proclaimed Oct 3 as a nation-       career because I’m fighting for justice,
  which has an entry point of 24 weeks              “But I haven’t thought a lot about        has plunged the island nation into gloom.        Cornelius van Zyl during their Rugby             al holiday and although offices and schools      that’s odd. So if that happens, I’m defi-
  suspension. (AFP)                              it. I’m focusing on Argentina.               New Zealand commentators on Fiji’s               World Cup match at Otago Stadium in              were open they emptied when almost               nitely not throwing it away. I’m having
                                                 They’re a big enough test for me.”           volatile political scene have even said the       Dunedin, New Zealand, Oct 2. (AP)               everyone went out to the streets.”               my career squashed by injustice.”

				
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