England v Fiji: Alex Goode gets the stage his talent deserves

first_imgLATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS TAGS: FijiHighlight Rear gunner: Alex Goode training this week ahead of his first England start under Eddie Jones (Pic: Getty) The Saracens full-back will offer something different to England at Twickenham this weekend as they look to extend their winning run to 12 matches “He’s very elusive. He buys enough time for Saracens to reset for their next play and get one of the Vunipolas probably carrying into your midfield and off you go again. He’s absolutely intrinsic to the success of Saracens.”Powerhouse: Billy Vunipola has shaken off a knock and will line up in a side showing five changesGoode will be pleased to have the Vunipola brothers for company at Twickenham this weekend, because it may be his only chance to convince Eddie Jones that he warrants being more than a peripheral figure.He has won only one cap under the current England coach, off the bench in Rome, and his aim will be to handle the aerial threats with the same aplomb as Brown whilst displaying the kicking and distribution skills seen so frequently at Allianz Park.At club level he has forged a tremendous understanding with Owen Farrell, with the two able to interchange at will in attack to put runners through holes. “Owen’s been shooting the lights out,” says Goode.Before Farrell, Charlie Hodgson held court and when I ask about the impact the Premiership’s recently retired record scorer had on him, Goode is almost reverential in his reply.“He’s the greatest fly-half who’s played in the Premiership. The way he is, his character, composure, he was brilliant to play with and be around,” begins Goode. “He’s a wizard with the ball. I’ve not seen a guy with hands like that.“The greatest”: Former Saracens team-mate Charlie Hodgson had a huge influence on Goode“I heard a great story from Chris Jack when he came over here (to play for Saracens). He said in his time with the All Blacks they had never changed their defensive system, but when they played England and Charlie played against them, they changed it specifically because of the way he played.“And in my experience of playing against people, Jonny (Wilkinson) was great with Toulon but Charlie played with a Sale team that wasn’t a Premiership-winning team and I’ve never been given the run-around at full-back like that. He had the ball on a string and I didn’t get near it. He was just brilliant.”Goode has learnt from such masters, just as they have learnt from him, and how satisfying it would be to see him give a performance that does him justice against Fiji.Recent meeting: Nemani Nadolo clears during last year’s clash at Twickenham in the World CupHe is one of five changes to the side that beat the Springboks 37-21 last weekend, with Teimana Harrison replacing Saints team-mate Tom Wood in the back row, Wasps’ Elliot Daly shifting to wing to accommodate Bath’s Jonathan Joseph at 13 and Semesa Rokodugini, also of Bath, earning a second cap and joining the huge number of Fijian-born wings playing for a different country this weekend.Fiji have not fared too well at Twickenham, losing 54-12 four years ago and 35-11 at last year’s World Cup, but head coach John McKee has promised that his team will take the field with “fire in their bellies and ice in their minds”. It should be a cracker.England A Goode; S Rokodugini, J Joseph, O Farrell, E Daly; G Ford, B Youngs; M Vunipola, D Hartley (capt), D Cole, J Launchbury, C Lawes, C Robshaw, T Harrison, B Vunipola.Replacements: 16 J George, 17 J Marler, 18 K Sinckler, 19 C Ewels, 20 N Hughes, 21 D Care, 22 B Te’o, 23 H Slade.Fiji M Talebula; B Masilevu, A Tikoirotuma, A Vulivuli, N Nadolo; J Matavesi, S Vularika; C Maafu, S Koto Vuli, M Saulo, A Ratuniyarawa, L Nakarawa, D Waqaniburotu, P Yato, A Qera (capt). Some players never win the haul of caps befitting their talent. John Hall, the irrepressible Bath flanker, accrued only 20 caps across a ten-year Test career and James Simpson-Daniel, Gloucester’s bag of tricks, managed only half that tally in the Noughties.Injury is usually to blame but not in the case of Alex Goode, who this weekend wins only his 21st cap when England host Fiji in the second game of the Old Mutual Wealth series.Since the Saracens full-back made his Test debut on the 2012 tour of South Africa, Mike Brown has made 43 starts to Goode’s 13 and, to be fair to the feisty Harlequin, he has often been outstanding.However, Goode offers something different, with his capacity to act as a second receiver heightened by many years of playing in the fly-half shirt.It’s easy to forget that he played in England’s 2008 U20 Grand Slam team as a ten, partnering Ben Youngs at half-back in the first two games and Joe Simpson in the other three.Fly-half pedigree: Goode at ten for England during the 2008 Junior World Cup in Wales (Pic: Getty)Goode was also a promising footballer in his youth, playing at Ipswich Town’s academy before deciding he could do without the tedious journeys – in the days before a bypass was built – to and from his home in Cambridge.“I’m honest enough to know that I was very good at my age and in my area, but could I have made it as a professional footballer? I don’t know,” says Goode, at 28 three years younger than Brown. “Did I want to make it? I loved playing rugby with my mates all the time.“If football was on in the afternoon (after rugby in the morning) I’d play it, I never said no to it, but they felt that football shouldn’t be second best and for every other kid it was (first choice), their parents and grandparents would come and watch. My mum would throw me out the door with muddy knees and I’d go and play and that was it.“I was very competitive, so I loved winning every challenge, going box to box, but I was willing to go out and practise my goalkicking in the mornings and evenings. Would I have done that with football?”Regular choice: Mike Brown helps lay on a try last Saturday against South Africa (Pic: Getty)A Man Utd fan, Goode ended up playing for a local side in Cambridge after stopping with Ipswich. “I was playing centre-forward and scoring goals and was just relaxed. I knew I wasn’t trying to do it full-time, I was just enjoying playing with my mates.“It was an amazingly different outlook in that sense. I knew at 15, 16 that rugby was something I wanted to do. I knew Eastern Counties, London & South-East, England, that was the kind of route I’d rather go down.”Football’s loss was rugby’s gain and Goode’s career has brought plenty of rewards, notwithstanding his limited opportunities on the national stage.He is now the longest-serving player in Europe’s best club team, having made his first league start for Saracens in Richard Hill’s final match in 2008, and many expected him to feature heavily for England long before he won last season’s Premiership Player of the Year award.BT Sport’s Austin Healey knows a class player when he sees one and spoke glowingly of Goode’s vision and decision-making when covering a Saracens match earlier this season.“He has the ability to reset all their play when receiving kicks,” said the former England back. “He picks off dog-legs really well, more often than not he beats the first defender and if he doesn’t he buys time. Replacements: 16 T Talemaitoga, 17 P Ravai, 18 Leeroy Atalifo, 19 Nemia Soqeta, 20 Naulia Dawai, 21 Eremasi Radrodro, 22 Nikola Matawalu, 23 Kini Murimurivalu.For the latest Rugby World subscription offers click here. Find your local stockist here and you can download the digital edition here.last_img read more

16-year-old boy arrested in connection with Baltimore County cop killling, 3 suspects still sought

first_imgABCNews.com(BALTIMORE) – -A 16-year-old boy is in custody in connection with the Monday killing of a female Baltimore County police officer, the Baltimore County Police and Fire Department said this morning.Three suspects are still being sought, police added.The teenager was arrested Monday shortly after the death of the officer, whose name has not been released.The teen has also not been publicly identified.This story is developing. Please check back for more updates.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Business groups challenge stormwater ruling

first_imgGBIC & LAKE CHAMPLAIN CHAMBER ANNOUNCE INTENT TO CHALLENGE WATER RESOURCES BOARD DECISION ON STORMWATERBURLINGTON – On behalf of the business community in northwestern Vermont, GBIC will appeal the October 14th Water Resources Board (WRB) ruling that requires the unprecedented application of the federal Clean Water Act and NPDES program to stormwater discharges from impervious surfaces in impaired waterways.Along with the Lake Champlain Chamber, GBIC and a diverse group of municipalities, business people, engineers and legislators, constructed a framework that would have cleaned up polluted watersheds and allowed for reasonable growth. Last session, the Legislature believed they had achieved a comparable success when they addressed stormwater pollution in a comprehensive way by passing Act 140. The collaborative heralded it as Vermont’s solution to Vermont’s problem.Despite the considerable collaborative effort over the past year, on Thursday, October 14th, the WRB issued a surprising decision regarding Vermont’s stormwater permitting program. The decision has the potential to halt the clean-up process that the State Legislature began this year with the passage of Act 140. The WRB ruled that a federal permit must regulate stormwater discharges in impaired watersheds, even though no such permit will be available for 3-5 years. Furthermore, the failure to get a permit exposes anyone who owns an impervious surface in these watersheds to suit in federal court by anyone.”The economic impacts of this decision are dire and the environmental impacts are even worse,” said Ernie Pomerleau, GBIC Board member and owner of Pomerleau Real Estate. “Pollution will continue to flow into our water unchecked and projects that would have cleaned these streams are sidelined.”In light of the WRB ruling’s environmental and economic implications, GBIC and other stakeholders will be appealing the decision. In addition to the appeal, GBIC and the Lake Champlain Chamber will consider a multi-faceted approach to solving the stormwater problem, including legislative and broad-based community outreach efforts.”GBIC looks forward to working on the WRB case with the other appellants,” said Frank Cioffi, GBIC President. “It is imperative that we move forward with cleaning our waterways and promoting economic development.”For more information, contact Mary Sprayregen at 863-3489 ext. 206 or [email protected](link sends e-mail).The LCRCC is a non-profit organization that provides socially responsible leadership to enhance the economic environment of the Lake Champlain Region and Vermont. GBIC is a private non-profit economic development corporation that serves as a catalyst for industrial and economic growth in Chittenden County.# # #last_img read more

Sport is fighting against xenophobia

first_imgMinister of Sport and Recreation, Fikile Mbalula, has lauded the sports bodies taking a stance against the xenophobic attacks and says that sport, yet again, is playing a role in uniting people in our country.Sport is, yet again, playing a role in uniting people in South Africa. The South African Football Association and Premier Soccer League are organising two international friendly matches against neighbouring countries to create unity in the wake of attacks on foreign nationals. (Image: South African Football Association) Minister of Sceince and Technology Naledi PandorThe Minister of Sport and Recreation South Africa, Fikile Mbalula, welcomes the initiatives led by the South African Football Association, the Premier Soccer League and the entire sporting fraternity leadership in the fight against xenophobia.Minister Mbalula urges all peace loving people to stand together against all forms of attacks to innocent people. “Xenophobia is wrong, it’s inhuman and it does not belong to South Africa or anywhere in the World. Just yesterday, we found refuge in other African countries when apartheid was in full force. Governments of other African countries gave us homes, fed us and most important, helped in the liberation of all South Africans. Imagine if when we were in pain they told us to go home; the freedom we have today would have never been achieved.”The stance taken against xenophobia by the leadership, the teams and supporters in sport yet again signals the importance of sport in uniting people. Let us all unite in our diversity as the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa urges us to.For enquiries contact the minister’s media liaison officer, Esethu Hasane, on  012 304 5114 or 071 259 2422.last_img read more

Kerala police to investigate threat message from Pakistan insulting Indian troops in Kashmir

first_imgKollam West police on Wednesday registered an FIR and started investigation into a threatening message received by District Disaster Management Cell, reportedly from a Pakistan-registered mobile number.According to police officials, the WhatsApp message from Pakistan was followed by a video call.“The message, originally in Hindi, was typed in English. It’s a derogatory message insulting Indian troops in Jammu and Kashmir and also threatening to kill Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Later a video call came from the same number, but the Disaster Management Cell officials didn’t attend it,” said an official.Since the text landed through WhatsApp, the department has sought the help of Cyber Cell and will be contacting WhatsApp for collecting more details.“We have registered the FIR, but we may hand the case over to some other agency. Meanwhile, we have intensified the security of Kollam collectorate after the incident,” he said.last_img read more

Narrow gauge section closes from Oct 1 in Satputda valley

first_imgNagpur, Sep 20 (PTI) The narrow gauge section of Nagpur division of South-East Central Railway (SECR) will be closed for operations from next month as the broad gauge conversion work would be taken up, a senior railway official said. The 622-km network in the division is considered one of the biggest narrow gauge (NG) routes in Indian Railways presently. Barring the 111-km section from Nagpur to Nagbhir), the entire route will be taken up for broad guage (BG) conversion, Divisional Railway Manager (DRM), Nagpur division, SECR, Alok Kansal, said. The Railway Ministry has sanctioned gauge conversion work in Jabalpur-Nainpur and Nainpur-Balaghat sections where passenger trains will discontinue October 1, and on Nagpur-Chhindwara-Nainpur-Mandla fort section from November 1, Kansal told PTI. The above lines cover a total of 32 stations of Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra and as many as 45 passenger halts are situated on these lines. These narrow gauge railway lines in the division, earlier known as Satpuda Railway, were developed by erstwhile Bengal Nagpur Railway (BNR), and connected Jabalpur with Gondia, Mandla fort, Chhindwara, Chanda fort and Nagpur. Recalling the history, Kansal said the lines came up in the early years of the 20th century and the first portion of the Gondia-Nainpur line was opened on April 13 in 1903, Nainpur and Chhindwara were connected in 1904 and Jabalpur in 1905. The Chhindwara-Pench Coalfield line came up in 1906-07 and the Nainpur-Mandla fort link in 1909. He said the Balaghat-Nainpur-Howbagh (186 kms in MP) along with Nainpur to Mandla fort, Balaghat-Katangi (47 Kms in MP), were subsequently converted to BG in 2009-10. Elucidating on the BG conversion project, Kansal said the biggest advantage will be that running time on Nagpur- Chhindwara, Chhindwara-Nainpur and Nainpur-Jabalpur routes will be reduce to maximum two and half to three hours, and between Nainpur and Balaghat to 90 minutes. Similarly, on the Nagpur-Itarsi trunk route, one alternative route between Amla to Nagpur will be available. Also, a shorter route from Jabalpur to Ballarshah bypassing Itarsi-Nagpur will be available via Gondia for passenger and goods operations, curtailing the distance by 256 kms, he said. Moreover, the Itarsi-Ballarshah line will be decongested, the DRM added. Currently, approximately 30,000 passengers travel daily on these narrow gauge sections and a revenue of Rs 7.50 lakh per day is generated from coaching services. PTI JOE ARS SMN SREadvertisementlast_img read more

City of Toronto apologizes for rappers language during Canada 150 performance

TORONTO – The City of Toronto is apologizing for the “inappropriate content” during a rapper’s closing performance to the city’s Canada Day festivities at Nathan Phillips Square.“As per contracts, the city expects all artists to deliver G-rated, family-friendly shows suitable for all ages,” the city said in an emailed statement Tuesday afternoon.The city’s apology comes after complaints from revellers, who also expressed their displeasure on social media, about what they said was repeated use of profanities by Belly.The city said it is “disappointed with what happened” during performance and has followed up with the rapper.Belly, who was born in the Palestinian city of Jenin and raised in Ottawa, was the final performer of the four-day celebrations, which ended with fireworks Monday night.The musician has been defending himself on social media, saying organizers were aware his performance would contain profanities.Since the show, he has also posted various tweets denouncing censorship and promoting freedom of expression.“A young immigrant came to the greatest country on Earth with nothing and made my dreams come true. That’s the real story here,” he tweeted Tuesday. read more

Quick hits Midweek news and notes from Ohio State football

First-year Ohio State football head coach Luke Fickell held a press conference Tuesday and discussed everything from his strategy for calling timeouts to redshirt senior quarterback Joe Bauserman’s smile, as well as the Buckeyes’ Saturday game against Colorado at Ohio Stadium at 3:30 p.m. Timeout indecision against Miami Trailing by 11 points with 9:21 remaining in the fourth quarter, Fickell elected not to use a timeout during Miami’s 14-play drive, which lasted 8:48 seconds and ended with a touchdown that increased the Hurricanes’ lead to 24-6. The Buckeyes finished the game with all three timeouts remaining. “We were going to call a timeout right there, I think, on (Miami’s) third-down play that they converted,” Fickell said. “I think there was still a minute and a half left to go. They actually ended up calling the timeout.” Fickell, who was asked five questions during the press conference about the late-game timeout situation, said he planned to save the timeouts for OSU’s next drive. “We decided, ‘Hey, we’re going to need to save these unless we get in a situation because we’re going to need two scores,’” he said. “It ultimately didn’t end up hurting us.” Players Gotta Play Numerous freshmen, including Miller, freshmen wide receivers Devin Smith, Verlon Reed and freshman defensive back Bradley Roby, among others, have received significant playing time through the Buckeyes’ first three games. Despite their occasional struggles, Fickell said he’ll continue to field a team that features young, first-year players. “You got to get out there and do it to do it,” Fickell said. “That’s no excuse that they’re young. We’re not going to give them that excuse.” Smile, you’re on camera During ESPN’s national telecast of the Buckeyes’ loss to Miami, redshirt senior quarterback Joe Bauserman was captured on camera smiling toward the end of the game. Fickell said that he received an email about the incident after the game. “I didn’t see it,” Fickell said. “I haven’t talked to (Bauserman) and I know that Joe hurts every bit as I do. But, no, that’s not something you want to see. “We try to tell (the players) that nothing goes unnoticed.” Captaincy carousel Junior defensive lineman John Simon and junior fullback Zach Boren will act as team captains for OSU’s Saturday game against Colorado at Ohio Stadium. Boren, who is roommates with Simon, said that “John and I have a great relationship. It gets competitive (between us) with video games.” Nay-saying the boo birds Bauserman threw the ball away in several instances during OSU’s Sept. 10 win against Toledo, and members of Buckeye Nation sometimes greeted his tosses into the stands with boos. Boren said that if he were in the crowd watching the Buckeyes, he wouldn’t boo. “I know what this team goes through on a yearly basis and I know what we’ve done in fall camp,” Boren said. “I would never boo our team.” Fickell acknowledged the passion of the Buckeyes’ fans, but said that he doesn’t give a whole lot of thought to the crowd’s reaction during game. “They pay their money to get in,” Fickell said. “They love Ohio State, Ohio State football. If they don’t like something, they let you know. “That’s not what we’re going to focus on. Hopefully, that doesn’t affect us mentally in any way.” read more

Ribery to leave Bayern Munich

first_imgBayern Munich winger Franck Ribery is reportedly beginning to grow a little impatient with the board over their indecisiveness on whether to offer him a new deal or notThe Bavarian Football Works has reported that the former France international has caught the interest of clubs from China and Qatar, but it is believed that his preference is to stay with the Bundesliga leaders for another season.While the leagues in both China and Qatar are inferior to the German league, Ribery would be set to receive a bumper deal that would likely be worth more than what he currently earns at Bayern.Ribery is well known in Qatar due to the Bayern squad regularly attending training camps in the country and is believed to be worship by the locals.rb leipzig, bayern munichReport: Bayern are held by Leipzig George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Bayern Munich was held to another draw, this time by RB Leipzig.Bayern Munich finds themselves in the unfamiliar position of sitting third in the…Despite the uncertainty surrounding his future, Ribery played a starring role for Bayern in their 2-1 win over Sevilla on Tuesday night with the 34 year-old’s cross having been clipped in by Jesus Navas for an own goal.Afterwards, the winger conceded that a lack of organisation proved costly in the first-half and warned his teammates that similar mistakes can not happen again at this stage of the Champions League.“We got off to a good start in the first ten minutes, but our organisation was poor after that, we didn’t attack well. The coach addressed that at half-time. The second half was really good. It’s crucial we won away to Sevilla, they played very well, but our reaction after the opener was good. We have to build on that. We mustn’t make any mistakes in the Champions League, we mustn’t think we’re already through to the semi-finals.” said Ribery, according to the club website.Ribery has been with Bayern since 2007 and has won seven Bundesliga titles in his 11 years. The Frenchman has made 380 appearances with 117 goals and won the Champions League back in 2013 with the club.last_img read more

Insigne wary of Firminos threat

first_imgNapoli forward Lorenzo Insigne has recognised Liverpool’s Roberto Firmino as the most dangerous player in the squad ahead of their meeting.Jurgen Klopp’s side face the Serie A club in the Champions League on Wednesday evening as they seek to consolidate top spot with two wins, after leaving it late to break the hearts of PSG fans at Anfield.Most of the focus ahead of the match has been on Salah’s inconsistency in front of goal since the start of the season.Roberto Firmino, LiverpoolVirgil van Dijk praises Roberto Firmino after Liverpool’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Virgil van Dijk hailed team-mate Roberto Firmino after coming off the bench to inspire Liverpool to a 3-1 comeback win against Newcastle United.However, Insigne sees it differently and has urged his Napoli teammates to watch out for Firmino’s ability in Liverpool’s attack. ‘They have a lot of strong players, even those on the bench,’ said Insigne“But Firmino is the most decisive player because he comes to play between the lines and opens up the spaces for his teammates. ‘I hope together with my teammates to put them in trouble and be able to make chances.”last_img read more