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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ARAB TIMES, WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 5, 2011
‘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
Miller has responded to
New Zealand’s threat to
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
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
“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.”