Jones makes changes ahead of Asia Rugby Championship finale

first_img KEYWORDS Brave Blossoms, Eddie Jones, Asia Rugby Championship The Japan side to take on Hong Kong on Saturday in the final game of this year’s Asia Rugby Championship was named Wednesday and shows a number of changes from the team that beat South Korea two weeks ago to clinch the title.With the Rugby World Cup getting ever closer, head coach Eddie Jones has opted to make four changes in the pack, one in the backs and introduce a new face and two old favorites on the bench. GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMEScenter_img “We going to have a tough preparation and make sure the team understands World Cup selection is on the platter but the first priority is to beat Hong Kong and beat them well,” Jones said.Fullback Ayumu Goromaru leads the side from fullback with his former Waseda University and current Yamaha Jubilo teammate Yuki Yatomi the only change in the backs, the scrumhalf getting the chance to prove to Jones he can take over from Atsushi Hiwasa as the No. 2 scrumhalf in the squad.“As game captain there is of course a little more pressure but there’s nothing I can do about it and I have to just play as normal,” said Goromaru. “As always the players are very proud to have been selected as the best 23 and will take that responsibility into the game.”Up front, Ryuhei Arita and Shinnosuke Kakinaga join Hisateru Hirashima in the front row with Luke Thompson back alongside Shoji Ito in the engine room.Hayden Hopgood is promoted from the bench to join Ryu Koliniasi Holani and Justin Ives in the back row as the Brave Blossoms look to finish the tournament off in style.“We’ve picked the best 23 for this week,” Jones said. “And it’s given an opportunity to a number of players who have been working hard and haven’t had much game time. Guys like Kakinaga, Arita and Hopgood.”The one new cap in the 23-man squad is prop Ryu Sioapelatu Holani, younger brother of the No. 8. Michael Broadhurst is set to return to national colors for the first time since November 2013, while Hitoshi Ono will add to his Japan record 87 caps if he comes off the bench.“Sioa and (reserve scrumhalf Keisuke) Uchida on the bench have been working hard in camp and deserve an opportunity to play against Hong Kong,” Jones said.Hong Kong are currently second in the standings ahead of South Korea on points difference. They come into the game having not beaten Japan since June 1998 and knowing that failure to pick up a bonus point or a defeat by more than 29 points will leave them third.Whoever finishes last will at least know their season is over however. From next year the side finishing top of Division 1 will challenge the third-place team for a spot in the elite division. However, this year Sri Lanka have opted out, saying they are not ready to take the next step up.Saturday’s game at Aberdeen Sports Ground will be preceded by a women’s test with the Sakura XV a win away from joining the men as champions of Asia.STARTING XV:Hisateru Hirashima, Ryuhei Arita, Shinnosuke Kakinaga; Luke Thompson, Shoji Ito; Justin Ives, Hayden Hopgood, Ryu Koliniasi Holani; Yuki Yatomi, Harumichi Tatekawa; Kenki Fukuoka, Yu Tamura, Karne Hesketh, Yoshikazu Fujita, Ayumu Goromaru (c)SUBSTITUTES:Masataka Mikami, Hiroki Yuhara, Ryu Sioapelatu Holani, Hitoshi Ono, Michael Broadhurst, Keisuke Uchida, Ryohei Yamanaka, Toshiaki Hirose IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5last_img read more

Mississippi State needs to stop big plays against Arkansas

first_imgMississippi State coach Dan Mullen said that his team’s defense was “fantastic” during last weekend’s loss to Alabama with the notable exception of a handful of plays.The problem was that handful was more than enough to swing the game in favor of the Tide.The Bulldogs gave up four touchdowns in their 31-6 loss to the Tide and all of them were from 60 yards out or more. Now Mississippi State (7-3, 3-3 Southeastern Conference) is trying to eliminate those mistakes when it travels to Arkansas (6-4, 4-2) on Saturday.It won’t be easy — the Razorbacks have one of the league’s best offenses. Arkansas is scoring 34.4 points per game, which ranks second in the league.Arkansas coach Bret Bielema has earned a reputation as someone who likes to wear down opposing defenses with a power running game and the occasional play-action pass. But this year’s edition of the Razorbacks has been much more likely to grab big chunks of yards.“I don’t see them really doing anything different than they were doing earlier in the year,” Mullen said. “I just see them executing and making more plays.”Arkansas has won four straight games since a rough start to the season. During that streak they scored 53 points against Mississippi, 54 against Auburn, 63 against UT Martin and 31 in Saturday’s win over LSU.Arkansas’ Brandon Allen has emerged as one of the league’s most consistent quarterbacks. Drew Morgan and Dominique Reed are his favorite big-play targets.Reed has scored a touchdown in six straight games, including an impressive 52-yard catch and sprint for a touchdown against LSU last week. Alex Collins is third in the league with 1,209 yards rushing and 14 touchdowns.“I preach to our players all the time that you get better as the year goes on,” Bielema said. “I’m not one of those coaches who believe in the status quo. You’ve heard me say it — I think you get better every day. Otherwise, you’re not doing anything.”Mullen said Arkansas’ success starts with its massive offensive line. The Razorbacks’ starting line averages more than 327 pounds.That should make for an interesting matchup with Mississippi State’s productive defensive line. Defensive end A.J. Jefferson is fifth in the league with 12½ tackles for a loss this season.“They move people and we can’t get moved,” Mullen said. “You’re just fighting for that territory right there. It’s that simple, and you have to be physical and stout. They’re using big human beings to try to move you.”While Arkansas is rolling, Mississippi State is reeling after its eighth straight loss to the Tide. The setback ended any hope the Bulldogs had at winning the SEC Western Division.Mullen said he doesn’t expect a letdown.“I don’t worry that much about the motivation because our guys love to play football,” Mullen said. “And if they don’t, we probably notice that back in September.”___AP Sports Writer Kurt Voigt in Fayetteville, Arkansas, contributed to this story.___Follow David Brandt on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/davidbrandtAPlast_img read more

Tigers threatened under split

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Kinders must clean up act

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Koowee connected

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Reading sets mums on the right path

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Motorsport Ireland Hill Climb and Sprint Championships begins with Pre-Season Scrutiny at Frank Byrnes…

first_imgPictured at the recent Motorsport Ireland Hill Climb and Sprint Championship pre-season scrutiny event which took place in Frank Byrnes Autobody Repairs, Oranmore L-R Jason Keogh Championship Scrutineer, Aidan Connolly, Clerk of the Course Galway Hillclimb, Joe Courtney Hillclimb Champion 2016, Deirdre McKinley, PRO with her son Rory, Pat Sheil, Scrutineer, Matt Clarke, Oranmore and Frank Byrnes, Frank Byrnes Autobody Repairs, sponsors of the 2017 Marshalls Club. Photo: CaoraDubha Motorsport enthusiasts and car owners from the Connaught region, involved in the Hill Climb and Sprint events this year, gathered for the first of the pre-season scrutiny events, hosted by Frank Byrnes Autobody Repair in Oranmore. The 2016 champion Joe Courtney from Dunmore flying the flag for Galway is a hot favourite again this year. With the Naylor Engineering Hillclimb and Sprint Championships kicking off in County Galway next weekend, the start of fourteen rounds at eight venues nationwide. The 2017 Motorsport Ireland Championship kicks off at the famous “Corkscrew” Hill in Ballyvaughan, Co. Clare on Saturday April 22nd, followed by Ballinalacken Hill, Fanore on Sunday 23rd April. The national committee introduced the pre-season scrutiny last year as part of their ongoing development of the sports to constantly improve all standards, in particular safety. There was a great buzz with scrutineers Jason Keogh and Pat Shiel giving their advice and a constant stream of cars of all shapes and sizes rolling in all day. ‘With safety always being paramount and our number one priority, we strive to bring the safest event venues possible and also to ensure that the competition cars are of the highest standard in terms of maintenance and repair,’ said Rory Stephens, Chairman of Hillclimb & Sprint Committee. A new Hillclimb Marshall’s Club is being established for 2017 with sponsorship from Frank Byrnes Autobody Repairs, Oranmore.Led by Jamie O’Rourke from Limerick, winner of Marshall of the Year 2016, training will be provided to the voluntary team of marshalls. ‘The role of the hillclimb marshall is key to running a successful event. Competitors who are driving at high speed uphill depend on the dedicated flag marshalls to communicate instantly if there’s an obstruction or collision on the hill or a car ahead that has broken down, it is crucial that they are well-trained and alert at all times. This new club will add to the safety and smooth running of the championship throughout the country.’With many drivers tweaking and modifying their hillclimb cars to improve them for 2017, and a number of new builds due out on the hills the pre-season scrutiny gave car owners the opportunity to have their cars checked out well in advance of the race days. Car owners had their cars checked in detail and discussed various aspects of safety and assembly with experienced scrutineers without the pressure of failing scrutiny at an event. The scrutineers were also on hand to answer questions on class/award eligibility, roll cage design and crash structure design. Catering for car owners in the East, John Linane Motors hosted the second pre-season scrutiny day in Rathnew, Co. Wicklow.Frank Byrnes of Oranmore has been a long time participant and supporter of this Motorsport Ireland championship, he holds the title of Irish Hillclimb Champion 2001, 2002 and 2006 and is the only person from the Republic of Ireland to have won the Northern Ireland Hill Climb Championship (2007 and was runner-up in 2009). Frank has been acknowledged locally at the County Galway Sports Star Awards for Motorsports in 2001, 2002 and 2007. He was the recipient of the Galway Bay FM Sports Star Award for Motorsport in 2002 and won the title of Galway Motorsport Champion 2001, 2002 and 2007. Frank Byrnes Autobody Repairs ranks in the SIMI top three expert crash repair businesses in Ireland, promising excellent customer experience and cutting edge technology.print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Emailcenter_img New Hillclimb Marshalls Club sponsored by Frank Byrnes Autobody Repairslast_img read more

PBA D-League: Chongson says Brickman worth the gamble for Tanduay

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. EDITORS’ PICK MOST READ PH among economies most vulnerable to virus Senators to proceed with review of VFA Smart’s Siklab Saya: A multi-city approach to esports PBA D-League: AMA coach hopes Teng’s arrival helps bring team to semis Chongson sees the selection as a gamble, with Brickman’s commitment still uncertain this conference.“Fifty-fifty. I’m not surprised some teams are scared of complications with his papers. But what surprised me is that no one tried to gamble on him,” he said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSWe are youngSPORTSFreddie Roach: Manny Pacquiao is my Muhammad Ali“I picked him at the fourth round, so it’s harmless.”Still, Chongson hopes that the gamble will bear fruit for the Rhum Masters. Fil-American guards Jason Brickman and Kris Rosales defending each other. Photo by Kuk Thew/ABLTanduay coach Lawrence Chongson anticipated that somehow, Jason Brickman will fall into his lap.And the Fil-Am guard did, as the Rhum Masters plucked the former ABL standout in the fourth round in the 2016 PBA D-League Draft on Tuesday.ADVERTISEMENT Where did they go? Millions left Wuhan before quarantine We are young Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan PLAY LIST 01:31Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan01:33WHO: ‘Global stocks of masks and respirators are now insufficient’01:01WHO: now 31,211 virus cases in China 102:02Vitamin C prevents but doesn’t cure diseases like coronavirus—medic03:07’HINDI PANG-SPORTS LANG!’03:03SILIP SA INTEL FUND Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town View comments As fate of VFA hangs, PH and US forces take to the skies for exercise Shanghai officials reveal novel coronavirus transmission modes Regardless of what Brickman and Tanduay will agree upon, he sees the former Finals MVP for Westports Malaysia Dragons as a sleeper pick.“It’s like getting a gift on Christmas day. If in the next day, his papers arrive then I’ll get ‘pogi points’ from my boss.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PHlast_img read more

Columnist should be sanctioned

first_imgDear Editor,Most days I take a glimpse of what Frederick Kissoon says though everything is taken with a grain of salt. I never expected Kissoon would stoop so low and pen that 09-24-17 column, “Context rules life Ms Nicholas-Garrett”.Kissoon has been known to exaggerate, twist and manipulate stories so that he can look good in the right light. (A case in point is his story about Dr Dennis Leblanc’s visit to Guyana. I exposed Kissoon’s lies in my KN letter after engaging with some cursory research about Dr Leblanc. The medical doctor sought me out and thanked me for giving an accurate picture of his mission and perception of Guyana).To a degree, Kissoon is right about his view that “context is everything in life” – especially when it comes to racial sensitivities. Most blacks of the United States, for example, are quite divided on the use of the N-word; a simple Google search will turn up umpteen articles on the subject. Some argue it is okay to use the term – depending on who says it to whom, when, where, tone of voice, and so on; in other words, it depends on the context. Some vehemently argue that it is okay for Blacks and Latinos to use the term whereas it is ‘no-no’ if a white person utters it on their lips.It is downright despicable for Kissoon to defend a senior Government worker, Lloyda Nicholas-Garrett, for her racial tirades –- especially since she works in the Office of the President. The columnist should be sanctioned for that missive since it gives tacit approval for office (or any) worker to cascade racial slurs. Defending racial slurs is unpardonable at its worst and repugnant at its best, for it sends the wrong message to the Guyanese people when they are in the throes of racial insecurities. In a highly charged racial atmosphere as in Guyana, there should be zero tolerance for racial harangues – whether that is directed to fellow workers or to the public. The hallowed Office of the President ought to be the touchstone on how Guyanese should behave towards each other.The incident brings back a memory of an episode that took place in 2003. I was in the process of organising a show for a foreign artiste at the National Cultural Centre (NCC) when I heard one of the staff howling at the top of her voice about “coolie people” and “black people”. These terms in themselves could be very harmless or harmful; it depends on the context of what was spoken. Suffice it to say that that incident was a clear case of the woman spewing her racial rant – directed at me. Her tone of voice, her emphasis, her stares and her anger told the whole story – even though it was the first time we encountered each other.Being a target of racial hatred was bad enough. What really hurt was where and when this hatred was unfurled. It took place at the NCC – which was apparently built by Indian immigration fund money. My blood was boiling at the thought that I was a racial target at an institution where my fore-parents paid with their sweat, blood, and tears to build.Again, it all comes down to context. Some will go to the depths of any sleaze hole to punctuate the frame of reference so that the writer could look good – as in the Dr Leblanc citation. Many are aware that certain columnists will stretch to the abyss, if necessary, so as to retain their fan base. Pity!Sincerely,Devanand BhagwanBrampton, ON, Canadalast_img read more

Appeal issued after cars burgled during Mass in Castlefin

first_imgTwo vehicles were broken into last night and items stolen while parishioners attended Mass in Castlefin.The break-ins happened while people attended Mass at St Mary’s Church in Castlefin.Local Donegal County Councillor Gary Doherty has issued an appeal for information following the robberies.“Unfortunately we have had yet another incident involving thieves in the area. Last night,” he said. “Two cars were broken into at St Mary’s Church in Castlefinn while the owners were inside the chapel attending mass.“The windows were smashed and valuables were taken from inside the cars, including handbag, purse, phone and driving licence etc.“This was an absolutely despicable act and I hope the perpetrators are caught and brought to justice.“I would make an appeal for anyone who may have been in the area on Saturday evening and seen anyone acting suspicious to pass any information they have to the Gardaí. “I would also urge people to take extra caution when out and about and do not keep valuables in your car as it is clear these criminals will do anything to get them.”Councillor Gary Doherty said: “Unfortunately we have had yet another incident involving thieves in the area. Last night, two cars were broken into at St Mary’s Church in Castlefinn while the owners were inside the chapel attending mass.“The windows were smashed and valuables were taken from inside the cars, including handbag, purse, phone and driving licence etc.“This was an absolutely despicable act and I hope the perpetrators are caught and brought to justice.“I would make an appeal for anyone who may have been in the area on Saturday evening and seen anyone acting suspicious to pass any information they have to the Gardaí.“I would also urge people to take extra caution when out and about and do not keep valuables in your car as it is clear these criminals will do anything to get them.”Appeal issued after cars burgled during Mass in Castlefin was last modified: December 17th, 2018 by Chris McNultyShare 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:castlefinCouncillor Gary DohertySt Mary’s ChurchSt Mary’s Church Castlefinlast_img read more