Ireland produced one of the shocks of Women’s Rugby World Cup history by beating four-time world champions New Zealand on an historic day at Marcoussis. As a result of their 17-14 victory, Philip Doyle’s side has taken command of Pool B with a two-point lead now established over the Black Ferns and USA, who meet in the final round of pool fixtures on Saturday.
Another mouth-watering tie lies in wait in Pool A where England and Canada are separated only by points difference at the top of the table, after both teams recorded their second consecutive bonus-point wins of the competition.
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Summer of Sport
Are you enjoying the summer of sport? We’ve already had the FIFA World Cup in Brazil, Wimbledon, the Open at Royal Liverpool, and the Commonwealth Games have started in Glasgow. And there’s more to come – Grand Prix racing, Glorious Goodwood, and the Women’s Rugby World Cup in France, to name just a few. Here’s a selection of titles for sports fans available from your local library
- Twin ambitions : my autobiography by Mo Farah
- Faster than lightning : my autobiography by Usain Bolt
- Chris Hoy : the autobiography by Chris Hoy
- Messi by Guillem Balague
- The Commonwealth Games by Nick Hunter
- Andy Murray Seventy-Seven: My road to Wimbledon glory by Andy Murray
- Ronaldo : the obsession for perfection by Luca Caioli
- Lions triumphant : the captain’s story by Sam Warburton
- Scotland ’74: a World Cup story by Richard Gordon
- Masters of men : Rory Mcilroy, Ken Venturi and their epic journey from Augusta to Bethesda by Liam Hayes
- Katherine Grainger…
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The big news from the weekend was the NSW Waratahs winning their first title in 19 years of Super Rugby, overcoming their bogey team, the Crusaders, in front of a record crowd of nearly 62,000 at ANZ Stadium. The one-point victory was only sealed in the final minute, with huge celebrations erupting at the final whistle.
The Waratahs celebrate winning the 2014 Super Rugby competition
The Waratahs started the match in superb fashion, racing to a 14-0 lead in just 14 minutes thanks to three penalties to Bernard Foley and a try to Adam Ashley-Cooper. The Crusaders soon hit back through a converted try, and following two penalty goals to both sides, the Waratahs held a 20-13 halftime advantage. The deficit was very quickly erased, as Nemani Nadolo crossed three minutes after the break to lock up the scores at 20-all, and when Colin Slade kicked a penalty to put…
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For the last year or two, Canterbury has developed a bit of a reputation for producing some of the most handsome rugby shirts in the game. By and large, that reputation has been born from the UK-based firm turning out a series of classic, simple-looking shirts that often recalled classic designs of rugby’s good ol’ days. The brand new Leinster European shirt takes all this, and turns it right on its head.
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Strasbourg definitely deserved at least one whole day of exploration. After another amazing Alsatian breakfast, we hopped on a tram and headed downtown.
We had a coffee on a café terrace just in front of the cathedral, giving us ample time to take in the full splendor of its intricate facade.
After we felt we had gawked at the cathedral’s exterior long enough, we decided to actually go inside. The interior was just as incredible as the exterior.
Mozart once played a concert on the organ, which seemed to hover between the delicately fluted columns like an enormous gilt bird’s nest.
The Strasbourg cathedral is famous for its astronomical clock, which dates from the 14th century. Besides being very old and very intricate, its other claim to fame is its animated…
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The Black Ferns have a fabulous record at the Women’s Rugby World Cup, having won all four of the tournaments since they were officially sanctioned by the IRB back in 1998. (Take that, All Blacks.)
The 2014 Cup kicked off in France on 1 August when the Ferns took care of Kazakhstan 79-5.
But – and it’s a helluva but – normal transmission was interrupted when Ireland beat the Ferns 17-14. (The only other example I could find of an Irish national rugby side beating a New Zealand national rugby side was a 1973 Sevens tournament held in Scotland. So it is rightly a very big deal for the Irish.)
The structure of the tournament – three pools of four teams – means that the Ferns are now in real danger of missing out on making the semis. The three pool winners go through, and just one of…
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The Ireland Women’s team to play Kazakhstan in the third and final pool game of the IRB Women’s Rugby World Cup has been named. There have been a number of changes to the opening side that overcame New Zealand 14-17 in their last outing.
A new look backline sees, Jackie Sheils, Vikki McGinn and Hannah Casey all make their first start of the tournament. Grace Davitt and Lynne Cantwell retain the centre pairing with Cantwell captaining the side.Tania Rosser moves to out half with Larissa Muldoon starting at scrumhalf.
Gillian Bourke is joined by Fiona Hayes and Kerri-Ann Craddock in the front row.
Orla Fitzsimons, who makes her first appearance of the tournament, is named alongside Laura Guest in the second row.
Paula Fitzpatrick is named at no. 8 and is joined by Sharon Lynch and Siobhan Fleming to complete the back row.
Fiona Coghlan, Ailis Egan, Sophie Spence, Claire…
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We enter the final major of the year with a young man looking to make history in golf and take over the mantle as the sport’s poster boy for many years to come. Yet all the talk and media hysteria surrounds his predecessor who’s umpteenth injury has made Rory McIlroy’s phenomenal efforts lately look like a sideshow.
Wherever you look the narrative is almost exactly the same. The headline being Tiger Woods’ latest efforts at rekindling his hopes of surpassing Jack Nicklaus as the greatest golfer of all time, whilst McIlroy’s record-breaking achievements of the present day continue to be compressed to the next paragraph or later.
There is a great sense of hypocrisy for most of the media; on the one hand they’ll happily court the likes of Rickie Fowler, Jordan Spieth and even McIlroy himself, enticing the younger stars into making a statement along the lines of « a…
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La saison de Ligue 1 reprenait ce vendredi soir, avec en ouverture le champion de France en titre le Paris Saint-Germain en déplacement à Reims. Laurent Blanc surprit beaucoup d’observateurs en titularisant Thiago Silva, qui n’a repris l’entraînement collectif que mardi, et Lucas qui a eu une préparation hachée par une entorse à la cheville. Edinson Cavani était titulaire sur le côté gauche, et Javier Pastore dans le milieu à trois à la place de Blaise Matuidi. Côté reimois, la recrue Grégory Bouillon, ancien parisien remplaçait Anthony Weber.
Le début du match annonce la couleur, Paris a le ballon, maîtrise, et ouvre rapidement le score. Javier Pastore, récupère le ballon au niveau du milieu de terrain, perce et sert merveilleusement Zlatan Ibrahimovic qui croise bien sa frappe (0-1, 7e). Par la suite, le PSG multiplie les occasions. Tout d’abord Lucas fait preuve d’un manque de lucidité totale, qui doit…
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Le PSG a bâti son succès la saison dernière sur un schéma de jeu en 4-3-3, qui lui a permis d’asseoir sa supériorité technique avec un positionnement haut, une forte possession de balle et une plus grande maîtrise. La principale décision de Laurent Blanc a été d’instaurer un milieu à 3 avec Thiago Motta – Matuidi – Verratti. Ce système a eu pour incidence de décaler Cavani, la recrue star de la saison dernière, à un poste d’ailier droit qu’il n’affectionne guère.
En fin de saison passée, Cavani aurait eu une discussion avec Laurent Blanc, qui lui aurait parlé d’une place dans l’axe pour la prochaine saison. « J’ai parlé avec lui avant de terminer la saison et je pense qu’il y aura un nouveau dispositif cette saison », avait notamment lancé Cavani. Alors, si Cavani est dans l’axe, quel système aligner ?
4-4-2 à plat : Cavani serait aligné…
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And so begins the first game of the season for PSG today! Ligue 1 opens up with PSG against Reims. Again, don’t ask me to explain what any of this means, all I know is that I fully intend to represent today with these wonderful things:
As PSG coach Laurent Blanc mentions over here, the new season will not be without challenges, as many of the players are on totally different schedules; no doubt, some are just coming back from their well-deserved sandy beach holidays after the World Cup!
Of course a very special shout out to all five of the Brazilian boys on board and Zlatan Ibrahimovic, I am so looking forward to finally meeting you!
At any rate, today’s sure to be an exciting day! #allezpsg Paris is back Are you ready?
GK and defence
Salvatore Sirigu is a very underrated goalkeeper. He’s actually worth far more to PSG than most people think and throughout the last few seasons he’s regularly come up with some key saves. They are well set with him in between the sticks and Nicolas Douchez is a more than able deputy. At the back they have a number of stars at their disposal.
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J’espère que Cavani va rester au PSG / I hope Cavani to stay at PSG
Reds boss Brendan Rodgers is a huge admirer of Cavani and the star’s agent confirmed that Liverpool have made an inquiry earlier this summer as they look to replace 75million Luis Suarez.
The PSG forward will command huge wages and a big money transfer, after the big spending French champions spent 55million on Cavani just last summer.
Cavani’s agent Claudio Annelluci has stated that there are offers from Premier League duo Liverpool and Arsenal on the table.
“There was much interest in the player during the past six months. I can confirm that Cavani has heard proposals from Liverpool and Arsenal,” he said.
“He would love to play in England, but has not yet made a final decision. He is not interested in money and fame, he just wants to be…
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The former Chelsea player, was presented to the international press, by PSG’s president Nasser Al-Khelaifi, not at the Parc des Princes, but in a posh Parisian hotel near Les Champs Elysées. The Brazilian, stayed in his country after the world Cup, to recover this big disappointment, with his family.
« We’re very proud to welcome the best defender in the World » declared the quatari president ; indeed PSG paid almost 50M Euros to have him paired to Thiago Silva and create the most famous defensive duo!
The newcomer will wear the number 32 on his jersey; is he disappointed not to wear his lucky no 4 ? » No, I’m not, he said, I had the no 23 when I was playing with Benfica; its the same number inversed.I hope to get remembered in Paris as 32 as I was remembered in Benfica’s 23″
He also answered the critics about…
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