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  •  Children of primary school age will no longer head the ball in football training as part of new rules aimed at reducing the possibility of brain disease As part of the new guidelines announced by the Football Associations of England Scotland and Northern Ireland on Monday children under the age of 12 will no longer head the ball in training The Welsh Football Association said that its rules on heading were being reviewed and would be updated later this year The regulations on heading will be staggered between the ages of 12 and 16 though matches where the FA says heading is relatively rare will be exempt from the changes The new rules were introduced after a Glasgow University study which showed that former footballers were three and a half times more likely to die from brain disease Announcing the changes the FA said the new guidance will be introduced immediately It will provide grassroots clubs coaches and players with the recommended heading guidance for training sessions only The guidance does not make any changes to the way matches are played the FA said in a statement The FA pointed out that there was no evidence in the study to suggest that heading the ball was the cause to the link with incidence of degenerative neurocognitive disease But to mitigate against any potential risks the updated heading guidance has been produced in parallel with UEFA s medical committee which is seeking to publish Europe wide guidelines later this year In a statement FA chief executive officer Mark Bullingham said This will help coaches and teachers to reduce and remove repetitive and unnecessary heading from youth football Edited By Halima Sheji Emmanuel Yashim
    English school children banned from heading ball amid brain disease fears
     Children of primary school age will no longer head the ball in football training as part of new rules aimed at reducing the possibility of brain disease As part of the new guidelines announced by the Football Associations of England Scotland and Northern Ireland on Monday children under the age of 12 will no longer head the ball in training The Welsh Football Association said that its rules on heading were being reviewed and would be updated later this year The regulations on heading will be staggered between the ages of 12 and 16 though matches where the FA says heading is relatively rare will be exempt from the changes The new rules were introduced after a Glasgow University study which showed that former footballers were three and a half times more likely to die from brain disease Announcing the changes the FA said the new guidance will be introduced immediately It will provide grassroots clubs coaches and players with the recommended heading guidance for training sessions only The guidance does not make any changes to the way matches are played the FA said in a statement The FA pointed out that there was no evidence in the study to suggest that heading the ball was the cause to the link with incidence of degenerative neurocognitive disease But to mitigate against any potential risks the updated heading guidance has been produced in parallel with UEFA s medical committee which is seeking to publish Europe wide guidelines later this year In a statement FA chief executive officer Mark Bullingham said This will help coaches and teachers to reduce and remove repetitive and unnecessary heading from youth football Edited By Halima Sheji Emmanuel Yashim
    English school children banned from heading ball amid brain disease fears
    Foreign3 years ago

    English school children banned from heading ball amid brain disease fears

    Children of primary school age will no longer head the ball in football training, as part of new rules aimed at reducing the possibility of brain disease.

    As part of the new guidelines, announced by the Football Associations of England, Scotland, and Northern Ireland on Monday, children under the age of 12 will no longer head the ball in training.

    The Welsh Football Association said that its rules on heading were being reviewed and would be updated later this year.

    The regulations on heading will be staggered between the ages of 12 and 16, though matches, where the FA says heading is relatively rare, will be exempt from the changes.

    The new rules were introduced after a Glasgow University study, which showed that former footballers were three and a half times more likely to die from brain disease.

    Announcing the changes, the FA said the new guidance will be introduced immediately.

    “It will provide grassroots clubs, coaches and players with the recommended heading guidance for training sessions only.

    “The guidance does not make any changes to the way matches are played,’’ the FA said in a statement.

    The FA pointed out that there was no evidence in the study to suggest that heading the ball was the cause to the link with incidence of degenerative neurocognitive disease.

    “But to mitigate against any potential risks, the updated heading guidance has been produced in parallel with UEFA’s medical committee, which is seeking to publish Europe-wide guidelines later this year.

    In a statement, FA chief executive officer Mark Bullingham said, “This  will help coaches and teachers to reduce and remove repetitive and unnecessary heading from youth football.”


    Edited By: Halima Sheji/Emmanuel Yashim

  •  Heading the ball in training sessions has been outlawed for primary school children under the age of 12 in England Scotland and Northern Ireland This is part of the Football Association s updated heading guidance for the game The English Northern Irish and Scottish Football Associations said in a statement on Monday that they are also restricting the headers for 12 to 16 year olds at grassroots level with immediate effect The heading guidelines follow last year s publication of Football s Influence on Lifelong Health and Dementia Risk FIELD study undertaken by Glasgow University which found former professionals were at more risk of dementia The FA said the new guidelines will take effect immediately but it will not recommend an end to headers during youth matches This updated heading guidance is an evolution of our current guidelines and will help coaches and teachers to reduce and remove repetitive and unnecessary heading from youth football FA chief executive officer Mark Bullingham said Our research has shown that heading is rare in youth football matches So this guidance is a responsible development to our grassroots coaching without impacting the enjoyment that children of all ages take from playing the game The FA confirmed the updated heading guidance has been produced in line with UEFA s medical committee which is seeking to publish Europe wide guidelines later this year OLAL Edited By Olawale Alabi
    Football Associations (FAs) in UK outlaw primary school children from heading in training
     Heading the ball in training sessions has been outlawed for primary school children under the age of 12 in England Scotland and Northern Ireland This is part of the Football Association s updated heading guidance for the game The English Northern Irish and Scottish Football Associations said in a statement on Monday that they are also restricting the headers for 12 to 16 year olds at grassroots level with immediate effect The heading guidelines follow last year s publication of Football s Influence on Lifelong Health and Dementia Risk FIELD study undertaken by Glasgow University which found former professionals were at more risk of dementia The FA said the new guidelines will take effect immediately but it will not recommend an end to headers during youth matches This updated heading guidance is an evolution of our current guidelines and will help coaches and teachers to reduce and remove repetitive and unnecessary heading from youth football FA chief executive officer Mark Bullingham said Our research has shown that heading is rare in youth football matches So this guidance is a responsible development to our grassroots coaching without impacting the enjoyment that children of all ages take from playing the game The FA confirmed the updated heading guidance has been produced in line with UEFA s medical committee which is seeking to publish Europe wide guidelines later this year OLAL Edited By Olawale Alabi
    Football Associations (FAs) in UK outlaw primary school children from heading in training
    Sport3 years ago

    Football Associations (FAs) in UK outlaw primary school children from heading in training

    Heading the ball in training sessions has been outlawed for primary school children under the age of 12 in England, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

    This is part of the Football Association’s updated “heading guidance” for the game.

    The English, Northern Irish and Scottish Football Associations said in a statement on Monday that they are also restricting the headers for 12 to 16-year-olds at grassroots level with immediate effect.

    The heading guidelines follow last year’s publication of Football’s Influence on Lifelong Health and Dementia Risk (FIELD) study undertaken by Glasgow University, which found former professionals were at more risk of dementia.

    The FA said the new guidelines will take effect immediately but it will not recommend an end to headers during youth matches.

    “This updated heading guidance is an evolution of our current guidelines and will help coaches and teachers to reduce and remove repetitive and unnecessary heading from youth football,” FA chief executive officer Mark Bullingham said.

    “Our research has shown that heading is rare in youth football matches. So, this guidance is a responsible development to our grassroots coaching without impacting the enjoyment that children of all ages take from playing the game.”

    The FA confirmed the updated heading guidance has been produced in line with UEFA’s medical committee, which is seeking to publish Europe-wide guidelines later this year.

    OLAL

    (
    Edited By: Olawale Alabi)

  •  A new route to the USA a change in format and a new venue for the fifth tournament of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series mean an extra day of preparation for the Springbok Sevens team as they gear up for the HSBC LA Sevens at Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson Los Angeles The team travelled from Cape Town to Los Angeles via Newark which eliminated 11 hours of their average travel time to the USA while the venue of the first to two North American tournaments was moved from Nevada to the Californian coast Furthermore the Las Vegas tournament was a three day event with Los Angeles being played on Saturday and Sunday This will help the Blitzboks in their final preparation this week confirmed Springbok Sevens coach Neil Powell The flight already made a huge difference for us rdquo said Powell ldquo It is the first time we flew directly to the USA normally we went via London and had another transit before getting to Las Vegas where the Friday start meant a three day turnaround ldquo This time out we cut out travel time and an extra flight so will have more than enough time to recover and prepare rdquo Powell feels fairly settled with his squad and only made three changes to his squad from the last tournament in Sydney something that will assist in continuing with the momentum gained in Australia Yes we did travel to Australasia with half a dozen changes from the Cape Town leg and that had a bigger impact than expected in our performances in Hamilton The Sydney effort was much more to our standards and one we need to back up here in the USA rdquo said Powell nbsp Back in Stellenbosch Powell had to adjust his plans for the North American trip and the fifth and sixth legs of the World Series after the news that the next two tournaments Hong Kong and Singapore were rescheduled for October That had an impact on our planning and the way we wanted to manage some players and even management said Powell nbsp ldquo The end goal of the season remains the Olympic Games in Japan in July and how we arrive there best prepared so we needed to change our plans when those two tournaments were moved to October ldquo We are still trying to find ways to counter that 10 week period that will now be without matches and we are discussing various options rdquo For the here and now the extra day in Los Angeles will give us more time to recover and then prepare for what awaits us on Saturday ldquo We have done some good work back home but there is still work needed on defence and on attack where we can be sharper We are striving for a perfect performance so will work hard this week rdquo added the Blitzbok coach nbsp The Blitzboks rsquo playing schedule SA times in Pool B Saturday 29 February 21h35 v Kenya Sunday 1 March 00h53 v Canada 05h05 v Ireland
    "Fresh" Blitzboks banking on momentum in Los Angeles
     A new route to the USA a change in format and a new venue for the fifth tournament of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series mean an extra day of preparation for the Springbok Sevens team as they gear up for the HSBC LA Sevens at Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson Los Angeles The team travelled from Cape Town to Los Angeles via Newark which eliminated 11 hours of their average travel time to the USA while the venue of the first to two North American tournaments was moved from Nevada to the Californian coast Furthermore the Las Vegas tournament was a three day event with Los Angeles being played on Saturday and Sunday This will help the Blitzboks in their final preparation this week confirmed Springbok Sevens coach Neil Powell The flight already made a huge difference for us rdquo said Powell ldquo It is the first time we flew directly to the USA normally we went via London and had another transit before getting to Las Vegas where the Friday start meant a three day turnaround ldquo This time out we cut out travel time and an extra flight so will have more than enough time to recover and prepare rdquo Powell feels fairly settled with his squad and only made three changes to his squad from the last tournament in Sydney something that will assist in continuing with the momentum gained in Australia Yes we did travel to Australasia with half a dozen changes from the Cape Town leg and that had a bigger impact than expected in our performances in Hamilton The Sydney effort was much more to our standards and one we need to back up here in the USA rdquo said Powell nbsp Back in Stellenbosch Powell had to adjust his plans for the North American trip and the fifth and sixth legs of the World Series after the news that the next two tournaments Hong Kong and Singapore were rescheduled for October That had an impact on our planning and the way we wanted to manage some players and even management said Powell nbsp ldquo The end goal of the season remains the Olympic Games in Japan in July and how we arrive there best prepared so we needed to change our plans when those two tournaments were moved to October ldquo We are still trying to find ways to counter that 10 week period that will now be without matches and we are discussing various options rdquo For the here and now the extra day in Los Angeles will give us more time to recover and then prepare for what awaits us on Saturday ldquo We have done some good work back home but there is still work needed on defence and on attack where we can be sharper We are striving for a perfect performance so will work hard this week rdquo added the Blitzbok coach nbsp The Blitzboks rsquo playing schedule SA times in Pool B Saturday 29 February 21h35 v Kenya Sunday 1 March 00h53 v Canada 05h05 v Ireland
    "Fresh" Blitzboks banking on momentum in Los Angeles
    Africa3 years ago

    "Fresh" Blitzboks banking on momentum in Los Angeles



    A new route to the USA, a change in format and a new venue for the fifth tournament of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series mean an extra day of preparation for the Springbok Sevens team as they gear up for the HSBC LA Sevens at Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, Los Angeles.

    The team travelled from Cape Town to Los Angeles via Newark, which eliminated 11 hours of their average travel time to the USA, while the venue of the first to two North American tournaments was moved from Nevada to the Californian coast.

    Furthermore, the Las Vegas tournament was a three-day event, with Los Angeles being played on Saturday and Sunday.

    This will help the Blitzboks in their final preparation this week, confirmed Springbok Sevens coach Neil Powell.

    "The flight already made a huge difference for us,” said Powell.

    “It is the first time we flew directly to the USA, normally we went via London and had another transit before getting to Las Vegas, where the Friday start meant a three-day turnaround.

    “This time out, we cut out travel time and an extra flight, so will have more than enough time to recover and prepare.”

    Powell feels fairly settled with his squad and only made three changes to his squad from the last tournament in Sydney, something that will assist in continuing with the momentum gained in Australia.

    "Yes, we did travel to Australasia with half a dozen changes from the Cape Town leg and that had a bigger impact than expected in our performances in Hamilton. The Sydney effort was much more to our standards and one we need to back up here in the USA,” said Powell. 

    Back in Stellenbosch, Powell had to adjust his plans for the North American trip and the fifth and sixth legs of the World Series after the news that the next two tournaments, Hong Kong and Singapore, were rescheduled for October.

    "That had an impact on our planning and the way we wanted to manage some players and even management, said Powell.  

    “The end goal of the season remains the Olympic Games in Japan in July and how we arrive there best prepared, so we needed to change our plans when those two tournaments were moved to October.

    “We are still trying to find ways to counter that 10-week period that will now be without matches and we are discussing various options.

    ”For the here and now, the extra day in Los Angeles will give us more time to recover and then prepare for what awaits us on Saturday.

    “We have done some good work back home, but there is still work needed on defence and on attack, where we can be sharper. We are striving for a perfect performance, so will work hard this week,” added the Blitzbok coach. 

    The Blitzboks’ playing schedule (SA times) in Pool B:

    Saturday 29 February
    21h35 v Kenya

    Sunday 1 March
    00h53 v Canada
    05h05 v Ireland

  •  Southampton continued their surge from the bottom half of the English Premier League EPL towards mid table with a 2 0 home win over Aston Villa on Saturday Goals from Shane Long and Stuart Arsmtrong gave them the win with the result leaving Southampton 12th with 34 points from 27 games Beleaguered Aston Villa stayed 17th on 25 points one above the relegation zone The home team s manager Ralph Hasenhuttl was delighted with the outcome and the solid display An important victory as our home record was not the best before today It was a perfect afternoon for us and the crowd was absolutely behind us This was a great performance from everybody The only negative was that we needed to be more clinical as we had 28 shots on goal We knew we had to do everything to defend our box and congrats to the guys They did their job the Austrian said The Saints dominated proceedings and debutant William Smallbone hit the post with a deflected shot in the sixth minute before Ireland striker Long netted the opener two minutes later The lively Moussa Djenepo poked in a cross from the left flank with the outside of his right foot Long bundled it in at near post with his thigh past Aston Villa goalkeeper Pepe Reina Reina denied Southampton a bigger lead as he kept out efforts by Danny Ings and Djenepo in the first half before parrying a ferocious Pierre Hojbjerg volley on the hour mark The home team s captain Armstrong sealed the win with the last kick of the game when he put the ball into an empty net from a Che Adams assist This was after Reina went upfield for an Aston Villa corner kick Aston Villa manager Dean Smith was disappointed with his team s performance We never laid a glove on them in the first 20 minutes I try to defend the players but today was not good enough and they were miles off it in the first half It was a game that could have been won but we didn t create enough he said Edited By Remi Koleoso and Olawale Alabi
    Long and Armstrong give Saints 2-0 home win over Aston Villa
     Southampton continued their surge from the bottom half of the English Premier League EPL towards mid table with a 2 0 home win over Aston Villa on Saturday Goals from Shane Long and Stuart Arsmtrong gave them the win with the result leaving Southampton 12th with 34 points from 27 games Beleaguered Aston Villa stayed 17th on 25 points one above the relegation zone The home team s manager Ralph Hasenhuttl was delighted with the outcome and the solid display An important victory as our home record was not the best before today It was a perfect afternoon for us and the crowd was absolutely behind us This was a great performance from everybody The only negative was that we needed to be more clinical as we had 28 shots on goal We knew we had to do everything to defend our box and congrats to the guys They did their job the Austrian said The Saints dominated proceedings and debutant William Smallbone hit the post with a deflected shot in the sixth minute before Ireland striker Long netted the opener two minutes later The lively Moussa Djenepo poked in a cross from the left flank with the outside of his right foot Long bundled it in at near post with his thigh past Aston Villa goalkeeper Pepe Reina Reina denied Southampton a bigger lead as he kept out efforts by Danny Ings and Djenepo in the first half before parrying a ferocious Pierre Hojbjerg volley on the hour mark The home team s captain Armstrong sealed the win with the last kick of the game when he put the ball into an empty net from a Che Adams assist This was after Reina went upfield for an Aston Villa corner kick Aston Villa manager Dean Smith was disappointed with his team s performance We never laid a glove on them in the first 20 minutes I try to defend the players but today was not good enough and they were miles off it in the first half It was a game that could have been won but we didn t create enough he said Edited By Remi Koleoso and Olawale Alabi
    Long and Armstrong give Saints 2-0 home win over Aston Villa
    Sport3 years ago

    Long and Armstrong give Saints 2-0 home win over Aston Villa

    Southampton continued their surge from the bottom half of the English Premier League (EPL) towards mid-table with a 2-0 home win over Aston Villa on Saturday.

    Goals from Shane Long and Stuart Arsmtrong gave them the win, with the result leaving Southampton 12th with 34 points from 27 games.

    Beleaguered Aston Villa stayed 17th on 25 points, one above the relegation zone.

    The home team’s manager Ralph Hasenhuttl was delighted with the outcome and the solid display.

    “An important victory, as our home record was not the best before today.

    “It was a perfect afternoon for us and the crowd was absolutely behind us. This was a great performance from everybody.

    “The only negative was that we needed to be more clinical as we had 28 shots on goal. We knew we had to do everything to defend our box and `congrats’ to the guys. They did their job,”the Austrian said.

    The Saints dominated proceedings and debutant William Smallbone hit the post with a deflected shot in the sixth minute before Ireland striker Long netted the opener two minutes later.

    The lively Moussa Djenepo poked in a cross from the left flank with the outside of his right foot.

    Long bundled it in at near post with his thigh past Aston Villa goalkeeper Pepe Reina.

    Reina denied Southampton a bigger lead as he kept out efforts by Danny Ings and Djenepo in the first half before parrying a ferocious Pierre Hojbjerg volley on the hour mark.

    The home team’s captain Armstrong sealed the win with the last kick of the game when he put the ball into an empty net from a Che Adams assist.

    This was after Reina went upfield for an Aston Villa corner kick.

    Aston Villa manager Dean Smith was disappointed with his team’s performance.

    “We never laid a glove on them in the first 20 minutes.

    “I try to defend the players but today was not good enough and they were miles off it in the first half.

    “It was a game that could have been won but we didn’t create enough,” he said.

    (
    Edited By: Remi Koleoso and Olawale Alabi)

  •  The Toyota Cheetahs and Isuzu Southern Kings will have their sights set on bouncing back strongly from disappointing defeats last week when they line up against Ulster and the Scarlets in their second tour matches in the Guinness PRO14 this weekend The Toyota Cheetahs in particular will be under pressure to register a win to remain in the top three in Conference A with an eye on a possible playoff spot later in the season as the chasing Glasgow Warriors trail by only two points The Toyota Cheetahs meet Ulster at the Kingspan Stadium in Belfast on Saturday night while the Isuzu Southern Kings take on the Scarlets at Parc y Scarlets in Llanelli on Sunday The Toyota Cheetahs rsquo track record against Ulster will certainly give the side confidence going into the clash with one win a draw and a defeat in their last three outings in the competition The match in Ireland will have extra significance for veteran Toyota Cheetahs and Springbok scrumhalf Ruan Pienaar who played for Ulster from 2010 to 2017 ldquo Having spent seven years at Ulster it will be a strange feeling running out at the Kingspan Stadium wearing a different jersey but I am looking forward to it rdquo said Pienaar ldquo It rsquo s been a while since I played there and I know how brilliant their supporters are It is obviously a very important game for us and we are desperate to get the result We will have to perform a lot better than in our last game but training has gone well this week rdquo Pienaar did not hide his disappointment about their 36 12 defeat against Leinster last week but he said it was important to focus on what worked in that match going into Saturday rsquo s match up ldquo We had a really tough outing against Leinster in bad conditions rdquo he said ldquo But you have to take the positives from it and in the second half we were much better I may be wrong but we only conceded one try and scored two our discipline was a lot better we kept the ball a lot better and put them under pressure more ldquo So yes it was a tough game if you look at the scoreboard but the way we ended was encouraging and we rsquo ll try take that into this game rdquo The Isuzu Southern Kings will also have something to prove this week after going down 68 3 against Munster in their last match and although they have never won against the Scarlets the fact that two of their four defeats were by seven points or less will serve as some encouragement for Robbie Kempson rsquo s young team Defence will be a key aspect for the Port Elizabeth side this weekend to keep alive hopes of creating an upset as they have conceded the most points and tries in the competition up to now Guinness PRO14 fixtures Ulster v Toyota Cheetahs Date Saturday 22 February SA time 21h35 Venue Kingspan Stadium Belfast Referee nbsp Mike Adamson Assistant Referees George Clancy and Sam Grove White TMO Andrew McMenemy TV SS1 Scarlets v Isuzu Southern Kings Date Sunday 23 February SA time 19h15 Venue Parc y Scarlets Llanelli Referee nbsp Andrew Brace Assistant Referees Gareth John and Paul Haycock TMO Brian MacNeice TV SS1
    South Africa (SA) sides determined to bounce back on Guinness PRO14 tour
     The Toyota Cheetahs and Isuzu Southern Kings will have their sights set on bouncing back strongly from disappointing defeats last week when they line up against Ulster and the Scarlets in their second tour matches in the Guinness PRO14 this weekend The Toyota Cheetahs in particular will be under pressure to register a win to remain in the top three in Conference A with an eye on a possible playoff spot later in the season as the chasing Glasgow Warriors trail by only two points The Toyota Cheetahs meet Ulster at the Kingspan Stadium in Belfast on Saturday night while the Isuzu Southern Kings take on the Scarlets at Parc y Scarlets in Llanelli on Sunday The Toyota Cheetahs rsquo track record against Ulster will certainly give the side confidence going into the clash with one win a draw and a defeat in their last three outings in the competition The match in Ireland will have extra significance for veteran Toyota Cheetahs and Springbok scrumhalf Ruan Pienaar who played for Ulster from 2010 to 2017 ldquo Having spent seven years at Ulster it will be a strange feeling running out at the Kingspan Stadium wearing a different jersey but I am looking forward to it rdquo said Pienaar ldquo It rsquo s been a while since I played there and I know how brilliant their supporters are It is obviously a very important game for us and we are desperate to get the result We will have to perform a lot better than in our last game but training has gone well this week rdquo Pienaar did not hide his disappointment about their 36 12 defeat against Leinster last week but he said it was important to focus on what worked in that match going into Saturday rsquo s match up ldquo We had a really tough outing against Leinster in bad conditions rdquo he said ldquo But you have to take the positives from it and in the second half we were much better I may be wrong but we only conceded one try and scored two our discipline was a lot better we kept the ball a lot better and put them under pressure more ldquo So yes it was a tough game if you look at the scoreboard but the way we ended was encouraging and we rsquo ll try take that into this game rdquo The Isuzu Southern Kings will also have something to prove this week after going down 68 3 against Munster in their last match and although they have never won against the Scarlets the fact that two of their four defeats were by seven points or less will serve as some encouragement for Robbie Kempson rsquo s young team Defence will be a key aspect for the Port Elizabeth side this weekend to keep alive hopes of creating an upset as they have conceded the most points and tries in the competition up to now Guinness PRO14 fixtures Ulster v Toyota Cheetahs Date Saturday 22 February SA time 21h35 Venue Kingspan Stadium Belfast Referee nbsp Mike Adamson Assistant Referees George Clancy and Sam Grove White TMO Andrew McMenemy TV SS1 Scarlets v Isuzu Southern Kings Date Sunday 23 February SA time 19h15 Venue Parc y Scarlets Llanelli Referee nbsp Andrew Brace Assistant Referees Gareth John and Paul Haycock TMO Brian MacNeice TV SS1
    South Africa (SA) sides determined to bounce back on Guinness PRO14 tour
    Africa3 years ago

    South Africa (SA) sides determined to bounce back on Guinness PRO14 tour



    The Toyota Cheetahs and Isuzu Southern Kings will have their sights set on bouncing back strongly from disappointing defeats last week when they line up against Ulster and the Scarlets in their second tour matches in the Guinness PRO14 this weekend.

    The Toyota Cheetahs, in particular, will be under pressure to register a win to remain in the top three in Conference A with an eye on a possible playoff spot later in the season, as the chasing Glasgow Warriors trail by only two points.

    The Toyota Cheetahs meet Ulster at the Kingspan Stadium in Belfast on Saturday night, while the Isuzu Southern Kings take on the Scarlets at Parc y Scarlets in Llanelli on Sunday.

    The Toyota Cheetahs’ track record against Ulster will certainly give the side confidence going into the clash, with one win, a draw and a defeat in their last three outings in the competition.

    The match in Ireland will have extra significance for veteran Toyota Cheetahs and Springbok scrumhalf Ruan Pienaar, who played for Ulster from 2010 to 2017.

    “Having spent seven years at Ulster it will be a strange feeling running out at the Kingspan Stadium wearing a different jersey, but I am looking forward to it,” said Pienaar.

    “It’s been a while since I played there, and I know how brilliant their supporters are. It is obviously a very important game for us and we are desperate to get the result. We will have to perform a lot better than in our last game, but training has gone well this week.”

    Pienaar did not hide his disappointment about their 36-12 defeat against Leinster last week, but he said it was important to focus on what worked in that match going into Saturday’s match-up.

    “We had a really tough outing against Leinster in bad conditions,” he said.

    “But you have to take the positives from it, and in the second half we were much better. I may be wrong but we only conceded one try and scored two, our discipline was a lot better, we kept the ball a lot better and put them under pressure more.

    “So yes, it was a tough game if you look at the scoreboard, but the way we ended was encouraging and we’ll try take that into this game.”

    The Isuzu Southern Kings will also have something to prove this week after going down 68-3 against Munster in their last match, and although they have never won against the Scarlets, the fact that two of their four defeats were by seven points or less will serve as some encouragement for Robbie Kempson’s young team.

    Defence will be a key aspect for the Port Elizabeth side this weekend to keep alive hopes of creating an upset as they have conceded the most points and tries in the competition up to now.

    Guinness PRO14 fixtures:

    Ulster v Toyota Cheetahs

    Date: Saturday, 22 February

    SA time: 21h35

    Venue: Kingspan Stadium, Belfast

    Referee: Mike Adamson

    Assistant Referees: George Clancy and Sam Grove-White

    TMO: Andrew McMenemy

    TV: SS1

    Scarlets v Isuzu Southern Kings

    Date: Sunday, 23 February

    SA time: 19h15

    Venue: Parc y Scarlets, Llanelli

    Referee: Andrew Brace

    Assistant Referees: Gareth John and Paul Haycock

    TMO: Brian MacNeice

    TV: SS1

  •  Oscar Ouma and Samuel Oliech are the most significant inclusions as the Kenya Men rsquo s National Sevens squad was named for the fifth and sixth rounds of the 2019 2020 HSBC Sevens World Series in Los Angeles USA and Vancouver Canada Ouma and Oliech last featured for Shujaa during the 2017 18 campaign and are part of five changes made by Paul Feeney from the side that was in action in Hamilton and Sydney The duo spoke about their return to the squad with former captain Ouma pictured above nbsp saying ldquo It feels good to be back in the setup and getting another chance to represent the country Going forward it rsquo s all about doing justice to the jersey and respecting it When it comes to the team 039 s performance it can always improve the team is in a good place with both the experienced and the upcoming players blending well it rsquo s just taking it up a notch higher and firing from all cylinders rdquo Oliech pictured below said ldquo It feels good being back still trying to get my body used to all the training and cardio all over again but all in all feel good The team has been playing well despite a few slip ups here and there the hunger is definitely there all that needs to be done is altering and refining a few things and everything should be good to go these changes can only happen with some time and focus rdquo Jacob Ojee Daniel Sikuta and Oscar Dennis all make a return to Shujaa after missing out on the legs in Oceania due to injury and squad rotation Bush Mwale Geoffrey Okwach Herman Humwa Johnstone Olindi and Nelson Oyoo do not make the squad to North America Technical Director Feeney commenting on the squad selection said ldquo The five changes plus a positional change are exciting hellip gives people opportunity It rsquo s great to have Oscar Ouma back hellip giving him an opportunity Dan Sikuta comes back hellip he wasn rsquo t in the last two legs hellip and in the backs Oscar Dennis is back from his broken cheekbone hellip Sam Oliech comes in for the first time hellip Jacob Ojee is back he was injured hellip missed the last couple of legs and we rsquo re going to look at Vincent Onyala as a center and not a forward hellip give him an opportunity there hellip that rsquo s where he plays in the fifteens version hellip plenty of changes but lots of old heads coming in with the changes and we still have a few of the young boys in there We rsquo re looking forward to this leg hellip it should be very interesting rdquo Shujaa are in Pool B for the Los Angeles Sevens alongside South Africa Ireland and Canada They will start their fixtures with a clash against South Africa at 10 35pm EAT on Saturday 29 February before taking on Ireland at 1 31am EAT on Sunday 1 March They will wind up their pool fixtures with a clash against Canada at 5 35am EAT on Sunday 1 March Shujaa squad to Los Angeles and Vancouver Andrew Amonde KCB Captain Jeffrey Oluoch Homeboyz Collins Injera Stanbic Mwamba Daniel Taabu Stanbic Mwamba Billy Odhiambo Stanbic Mwamba Daniel Sikuta Kabras Sugar Oscar Ouma Top Fry Nakuru Oscar Dennis Nondescripts Samuel Oliech Resolution Impala Saracens Jacob Ojee KCB Willy Ambaka Kenya Harlequin Vincent Onyala KCB Alvin Otieno Homeboyz
    Ouma, Oliech return as Shujaa change five for North American tour
     Oscar Ouma and Samuel Oliech are the most significant inclusions as the Kenya Men rsquo s National Sevens squad was named for the fifth and sixth rounds of the 2019 2020 HSBC Sevens World Series in Los Angeles USA and Vancouver Canada Ouma and Oliech last featured for Shujaa during the 2017 18 campaign and are part of five changes made by Paul Feeney from the side that was in action in Hamilton and Sydney The duo spoke about their return to the squad with former captain Ouma pictured above nbsp saying ldquo It feels good to be back in the setup and getting another chance to represent the country Going forward it rsquo s all about doing justice to the jersey and respecting it When it comes to the team 039 s performance it can always improve the team is in a good place with both the experienced and the upcoming players blending well it rsquo s just taking it up a notch higher and firing from all cylinders rdquo Oliech pictured below said ldquo It feels good being back still trying to get my body used to all the training and cardio all over again but all in all feel good The team has been playing well despite a few slip ups here and there the hunger is definitely there all that needs to be done is altering and refining a few things and everything should be good to go these changes can only happen with some time and focus rdquo Jacob Ojee Daniel Sikuta and Oscar Dennis all make a return to Shujaa after missing out on the legs in Oceania due to injury and squad rotation Bush Mwale Geoffrey Okwach Herman Humwa Johnstone Olindi and Nelson Oyoo do not make the squad to North America Technical Director Feeney commenting on the squad selection said ldquo The five changes plus a positional change are exciting hellip gives people opportunity It rsquo s great to have Oscar Ouma back hellip giving him an opportunity Dan Sikuta comes back hellip he wasn rsquo t in the last two legs hellip and in the backs Oscar Dennis is back from his broken cheekbone hellip Sam Oliech comes in for the first time hellip Jacob Ojee is back he was injured hellip missed the last couple of legs and we rsquo re going to look at Vincent Onyala as a center and not a forward hellip give him an opportunity there hellip that rsquo s where he plays in the fifteens version hellip plenty of changes but lots of old heads coming in with the changes and we still have a few of the young boys in there We rsquo re looking forward to this leg hellip it should be very interesting rdquo Shujaa are in Pool B for the Los Angeles Sevens alongside South Africa Ireland and Canada They will start their fixtures with a clash against South Africa at 10 35pm EAT on Saturday 29 February before taking on Ireland at 1 31am EAT on Sunday 1 March They will wind up their pool fixtures with a clash against Canada at 5 35am EAT on Sunday 1 March Shujaa squad to Los Angeles and Vancouver Andrew Amonde KCB Captain Jeffrey Oluoch Homeboyz Collins Injera Stanbic Mwamba Daniel Taabu Stanbic Mwamba Billy Odhiambo Stanbic Mwamba Daniel Sikuta Kabras Sugar Oscar Ouma Top Fry Nakuru Oscar Dennis Nondescripts Samuel Oliech Resolution Impala Saracens Jacob Ojee KCB Willy Ambaka Kenya Harlequin Vincent Onyala KCB Alvin Otieno Homeboyz
    Ouma, Oliech return as Shujaa change five for North American tour
    Africa3 years ago

    Ouma, Oliech return as Shujaa change five for North American tour


    Oscar Ouma and Samuel Oliech are the most significant inclusions as the Kenya Men’s National Sevens squad was named for the fifth and sixth rounds of the 2019/2020 HSBC Sevens World Series in Los Angeles, USA and Vancouver, Canada.

    Ouma and Oliech last featured for Shujaa during the 2017/18 campaign and are part of five changes made by Paul Feeney from the side that was in action in Hamilton and Sydney.

    The duo spoke about their return to the squad with former captain Ouma (pictured above) saying, “It feels good to be back in the setup and getting another chance to represent the country. Going forward, it’s all about doing justice to the jersey and respecting it.

    When it comes to the team's performance it can always improve, the team is in a good place with both the experienced and the upcoming players blending well, it’s just taking it up a notch higher and firing from all cylinders.”

    Oliech (pictured below) said, “It feels good being back still trying to get my body used to all the training and cardio all over again but all in all feel good. The team has been playing well despite a few slip ups here and there, the hunger is definitely there all that needs to be done is altering and refining a few things and everything should be good to go, these changes can only happen with some time and focus.”

    Jacob Ojee, Daniel Sikuta and Oscar Dennis all make a return to Shujaa after missing out on the legs in Oceania due to injury and squad rotation.

    Bush Mwale, Geoffrey Okwach, Herman Humwa, Johnstone Olindi and Nelson Oyoo do not make the squad to North America.

    Technical Director Feeney, commenting on the squad selection, said, “The five changes plus a positional change are exciting…gives people opportunity. It’s great to have Oscar Ouma back…giving him an opportunity, Dan Sikuta comes back…he wasn’t in the last two legs…and in the backs Oscar Dennis is back from his broken cheekbone…Sam Oliech comes in for the first time…Jacob Ojee is back..he was injured…missed the last couple of legs and we’re going to look at Vincent Onyala as a center and not a forward…give him an opportunity there….that’s where he plays in the fifteens version…plenty of changes but lots of old heads coming in with the changes and we still have a few of the young boys in there. We’re looking forward to this leg…it should be very interesting.”

    Shujaa are in Pool B for the Los Angeles Sevens alongside South Africa, Ireland and Canada. They will start their fixtures with a clash against South Africa at 10.35pm EAT on Saturday 29 February before taking on Ireland at 1.31am EAT on Sunday 1 March. They will wind up their pool fixtures with a clash against Canada at 5.35am EAT on Sunday 1 March.

    Shujaa squad to Los Angeles and Vancouver
    Andrew Amonde (KCB,Captain), Jeffrey Oluoch (Homeboyz), Collins Injera (Stanbic Mwamba), Daniel Taabu (Stanbic Mwamba), Billy Odhiambo (Stanbic Mwamba), Daniel Sikuta (Kabras Sugar), Oscar Ouma (Top Fry Nakuru), Oscar Dennis (Nondescripts), Samuel Oliech (Resolution Impala Saracens), Jacob Ojee (KCB), Willy Ambaka (Kenya Harlequin), Vincent Onyala (KCB), Alvin Otieno (Homeboyz)

  •  FIFA s head of global development Arsene Wenger says he will attempt to make a major change to the offside law He disclosed that it would be a change which could end a run of contentious decisions in the game since the introduction of the Video Assistant Referee VAR Wenger wants a player to be deemed onside if any part of their body which can legitimately score a goal is level or behind the last defender The Nigeria News Agency reports that the Frenchman was manager of English Premier League club Arsenal for 22 years This will flip the current rule which states the player is in an offside position if any part of their body they can score with is beyond the line of the last defender Usage of video review has been a source of constant criticism since its recent introduction including concern about the time to take decisions and the precision with which offsides are judged The system sparked another controversy last week in the Premier League when Wolverhampton Wanderers had a goal ruled out against Leicester City That was after Pedro Neto s heel was adjudged to be fractionally offside in the build up Wenger will recommend the change during the world football lawmaking body IFAB s annual general meeting in Belfast on Feb 29 You will be not offside if any part of the body that can score a goal is in line with the last defender even if other parts of the attacker s body are in front Wenger told the British media That will sort it out and you will no longer have decisions about millimetres and a fraction of the attacker being in front of the defensive line Each of the four Home Nations England Scotland Wales and Northern Ireland has one of the eight votes with FIFA holding the other four NAN reports that any law change needs six votes in favour to go through If Wenger gets his three quarter majority the new law could come into effect on June 1 12 days before the start of the European Championship Edited By Joseph Edeh and Olawale Alabi
    FIFA’s Wenger wants offside law changed to reduce VAR criticism
     FIFA s head of global development Arsene Wenger says he will attempt to make a major change to the offside law He disclosed that it would be a change which could end a run of contentious decisions in the game since the introduction of the Video Assistant Referee VAR Wenger wants a player to be deemed onside if any part of their body which can legitimately score a goal is level or behind the last defender The Nigeria News Agency reports that the Frenchman was manager of English Premier League club Arsenal for 22 years This will flip the current rule which states the player is in an offside position if any part of their body they can score with is beyond the line of the last defender Usage of video review has been a source of constant criticism since its recent introduction including concern about the time to take decisions and the precision with which offsides are judged The system sparked another controversy last week in the Premier League when Wolverhampton Wanderers had a goal ruled out against Leicester City That was after Pedro Neto s heel was adjudged to be fractionally offside in the build up Wenger will recommend the change during the world football lawmaking body IFAB s annual general meeting in Belfast on Feb 29 You will be not offside if any part of the body that can score a goal is in line with the last defender even if other parts of the attacker s body are in front Wenger told the British media That will sort it out and you will no longer have decisions about millimetres and a fraction of the attacker being in front of the defensive line Each of the four Home Nations England Scotland Wales and Northern Ireland has one of the eight votes with FIFA holding the other four NAN reports that any law change needs six votes in favour to go through If Wenger gets his three quarter majority the new law could come into effect on June 1 12 days before the start of the European Championship Edited By Joseph Edeh and Olawale Alabi
    FIFA’s Wenger wants offside law changed to reduce VAR criticism
    Sport3 years ago

    FIFA’s Wenger wants offside law changed to reduce VAR criticism

    FIFA’s head of global development Arsene Wenger says he will attempt to make a major change to the offside law.

    He disclosed that it would be a change which could end a run of contentious decisions in the game since the introduction of the Video Assistant Referee (VAR).

    Wenger wants a player to be deemed onside if any part of their body which can legitimately score a goal is level or behind the last defender.

    The Nigeria News Agency reports that the Frenchman was manager of English Premier League club Arsenal for 22 years.

    This will flip the current rule which states the player is in an offside position if any part of their body they can score with is beyond the line of the last defender.

    Usage of video review has been a source of constant criticism since its recent introduction, including concern about the time to take decisions and the precision with which offsides are judged.

    The system sparked another controversy last week in the Premier League when Wolverhampton Wanderers had a goal ruled out against Leicester City.

    That was after Pedro Neto’s heel was adjudged to be fractionally offside in the build-up.

    Wenger will recommend the change during the world football lawmaking body IFAB’s annual general meeting in Belfast on Feb. 29.

    “You will be not offside if any part of the body that can score a goal is in line with the last defender, even if other parts of the attacker’s body are in front,” Wenger told the British media.

    “That will sort it out and you will no longer have decisions about millimetres and a fraction of the attacker being in front of the defensive line.”

    Each of the four Home Nations —- England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland —- has one of the eight votes, with FIFA holding the other four.

    NAN reports that any law change needs six votes in favour to go through.

    If Wenger gets his three-quarter majority, the new law could come into effect on June 1 —- 12 days before the start of the European Championship.

    (
    Edited By: Joseph Edeh and Olawale Alabi)

  •  Werner Kok will play in his 50th HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series tournament for the Springbok Sevens team next weekend in Los Angeles where Ryan Oosthuizen Kurt Lee Arendse and Mfundo Ndhlovu will return to action in the green and gold Blitzbok coach Neil Powell made three changes to the side that lost in the final of the HSBC Sydney Sevens early this month with Justin Geduld Chris Dry and Zain Davids being rested after featuring in all four tournaments of the series in Dubai Cape Town Hamilton and Sydney so far Oosthuizen in for Dry and Arendse in for Geduld both played in the opening two tournaments of the season while Ndhlovu last played in Paris last year when the 2018 19 World Series concluded Ndhlovu will travel west at official reserve with Sako Makata elevated into the starting team to take over from Davids Stedman Gans will again captain the side in the absence of Siviwe Soyizwapi who just missed the return to play deadline for this trip The Blitzboks currently second on the overall log have been drawn in the same pool as Kenya Canada and Ireland at Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson Los Angeles The South Africans will face Ireland and Canada for the first time in the current series but will find familiar foes in Kenya with their match against fellow Africans their fourth of the season The East Africans outplayed the Blitzboks in their previous meeting in Hamilton Powell said they needed to adjust their plans with the news that the Hong Kong and Singapore legs of the series have been rescheduled but some rest for players were always on the cards ldquo Justin Chris and Zain played a lot of rugby so far and were always going to get a rest this trip rdquo said Powell ldquo Ryan is very keen to get back into the action Kurt Lee has recovered from the knock that kept him out of the previous trip and Sako deserves his chance after travelling as the extra player to New Zealand and Australia ldquo Mfundo is also back to full fitness and with Angelo Davids also able to play in the forwards we called on his skills out wide for this trip We want to give all players a fair opportunity to stake a claim for the Olympic Games rdquo Kok will follow in the footsteps of Branco du Preez Chris Dry Kyle Brown Frankie Horne Cecil Afrika Philip Snyman and Justin Geduld when he takes the field in his 250th match for his country The inclusion of Du Preez means that he will extend the SA record for tournament appearances in the World Series to 74 Afrika will also could extend his career point rsquo s record for the Blitzboks 1445 points The players and management depart for the USA on Saturday The Springbok Sevens squad for the HSBC LA Sevens is 1 Angelo Davids four tournaments 20 matches 65 points 13 tries 2 Ryan Oosthuizen 19 tournaments 95 matches 95 points 19 tries 3 Impi Visser 13 tournaments 64 matches 65 points 13 tries 4 Sako Makata seven tournaments 26 matches 10 points two tries 5 Werner Kok 49 tournaments 249 matches 530 points 106 tries 6 JC Pretorius nine tournaments 48 matches 110 points 22 tries 7 Branco du Preez 73 tournaments 369 matches 1316 points 94 tries 420 conversions 1 penalty 1 drop goal 8 Selvyn Davids 18 tournaments 90 matches 372 points 39 tries 87 conversions 1 penalty 9 Kurt Lee Arendse six tournaments 25 matches 55 points 11 tries 10 Cecil Afrika 64 tournaments 333 matches 1445 points 176 tries 281 conversions 1 penalty 11 Muller du Plessis 12 tournaments 51 matches 170 points 34 tries 12 Stedman Gans captain 20 tournaments 94 matches 140 points 28 tries 13 Mfundo Ndhlovu four tournaments 17 matches 25 points five tries ndash official reserve The Pools for the HSBC LA Sevens are Pool A Fiji Argentina France Korea Pool B South Africa Ireland Canada Kenya Poo C USA Australia Scotland Samoa Pool D England New Zealand Wales Spain
    Blitzboks change three as Kok hits 50
     Werner Kok will play in his 50th HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series tournament for the Springbok Sevens team next weekend in Los Angeles where Ryan Oosthuizen Kurt Lee Arendse and Mfundo Ndhlovu will return to action in the green and gold Blitzbok coach Neil Powell made three changes to the side that lost in the final of the HSBC Sydney Sevens early this month with Justin Geduld Chris Dry and Zain Davids being rested after featuring in all four tournaments of the series in Dubai Cape Town Hamilton and Sydney so far Oosthuizen in for Dry and Arendse in for Geduld both played in the opening two tournaments of the season while Ndhlovu last played in Paris last year when the 2018 19 World Series concluded Ndhlovu will travel west at official reserve with Sako Makata elevated into the starting team to take over from Davids Stedman Gans will again captain the side in the absence of Siviwe Soyizwapi who just missed the return to play deadline for this trip The Blitzboks currently second on the overall log have been drawn in the same pool as Kenya Canada and Ireland at Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson Los Angeles The South Africans will face Ireland and Canada for the first time in the current series but will find familiar foes in Kenya with their match against fellow Africans their fourth of the season The East Africans outplayed the Blitzboks in their previous meeting in Hamilton Powell said they needed to adjust their plans with the news that the Hong Kong and Singapore legs of the series have been rescheduled but some rest for players were always on the cards ldquo Justin Chris and Zain played a lot of rugby so far and were always going to get a rest this trip rdquo said Powell ldquo Ryan is very keen to get back into the action Kurt Lee has recovered from the knock that kept him out of the previous trip and Sako deserves his chance after travelling as the extra player to New Zealand and Australia ldquo Mfundo is also back to full fitness and with Angelo Davids also able to play in the forwards we called on his skills out wide for this trip We want to give all players a fair opportunity to stake a claim for the Olympic Games rdquo Kok will follow in the footsteps of Branco du Preez Chris Dry Kyle Brown Frankie Horne Cecil Afrika Philip Snyman and Justin Geduld when he takes the field in his 250th match for his country The inclusion of Du Preez means that he will extend the SA record for tournament appearances in the World Series to 74 Afrika will also could extend his career point rsquo s record for the Blitzboks 1445 points The players and management depart for the USA on Saturday The Springbok Sevens squad for the HSBC LA Sevens is 1 Angelo Davids four tournaments 20 matches 65 points 13 tries 2 Ryan Oosthuizen 19 tournaments 95 matches 95 points 19 tries 3 Impi Visser 13 tournaments 64 matches 65 points 13 tries 4 Sako Makata seven tournaments 26 matches 10 points two tries 5 Werner Kok 49 tournaments 249 matches 530 points 106 tries 6 JC Pretorius nine tournaments 48 matches 110 points 22 tries 7 Branco du Preez 73 tournaments 369 matches 1316 points 94 tries 420 conversions 1 penalty 1 drop goal 8 Selvyn Davids 18 tournaments 90 matches 372 points 39 tries 87 conversions 1 penalty 9 Kurt Lee Arendse six tournaments 25 matches 55 points 11 tries 10 Cecil Afrika 64 tournaments 333 matches 1445 points 176 tries 281 conversions 1 penalty 11 Muller du Plessis 12 tournaments 51 matches 170 points 34 tries 12 Stedman Gans captain 20 tournaments 94 matches 140 points 28 tries 13 Mfundo Ndhlovu four tournaments 17 matches 25 points five tries ndash official reserve The Pools for the HSBC LA Sevens are Pool A Fiji Argentina France Korea Pool B South Africa Ireland Canada Kenya Poo C USA Australia Scotland Samoa Pool D England New Zealand Wales Spain
    Blitzboks change three as Kok hits 50
    Africa3 years ago

    Blitzboks change three as Kok hits 50



    Werner Kok will play in his 50th HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series tournament for the Springbok Sevens team next weekend in Los Angeles, where Ryan Oosthuizen, Kurt-Lee Arendse and Mfundo Ndhlovu will return to action in the green and gold.

    Blitzbok coach Neil Powell made three changes to the side that lost in the final of the HSBC Sydney Sevens early this month, with Justin Geduld, Chris Dry and Zain Davids being rested after featuring in all four tournaments of the series in Dubai, Cape Town, Hamilton and Sydney so far.

    Oosthuizen (in for Dry) and Arendse (in for Geduld) both played in the opening two tournaments of the season, while Ndhlovu last played in Paris last year when the 2018/19 World Series concluded.

    Ndhlovu will travel west at official reserve, with Sako Makata elevated into the starting team to take over from Davids.

    Stedman Gans will again captain the side in the absence of Siviwe Soyizwapi, who just missed the return to play deadline for this trip.

    The Blitzboks, currently second on the overall log, have been drawn in the same pool as Kenya, Canada and Ireland at Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, Los Angeles.

    The South Africans will face Ireland and Canada for the first time in the current series, but will find familiar foes in Kenya, with their match against fellow Africans their fourth of the season. The East Africans outplayed the Blitzboks in their previous meeting in Hamilton.

    Powell said they needed to adjust their plans with the news that the Hong Kong and Singapore legs of the series have been rescheduled, but some rest for players were always on the cards.

    “Justin, Chris and Zain played a lot of rugby so far and were always going to get a rest this trip,” said Powell.

    “Ryan is very keen to get back into the action, Kurt-Lee has recovered from the knock that kept him out of the previous trip and Sako deserves his chance after travelling as the extra player to New Zealand and Australia.

    “Mfundo is also back to full fitness and with Angelo Davids also able to play in the forwards, we called on his skills out wide for this trip. We want to give all players a fair opportunity to stake a claim for the Olympic Games.”

    Kok will follow in the footsteps of Branco du Preez, Chris Dry, Kyle Brown, Frankie Horne, Cecil Afrika, Philip Snyman and Justin Geduld when he takes the field in his 250th match for his country.

    The inclusion of Du Preez means that he will extend the SA record for tournament appearances in the World Series to 74. Afrika will also could extend his career point’s record for the Blitzboks (1445 points).

    The players and management depart for the USA on Saturday.

    The Springbok Sevens squad for the HSBC LA Sevens is:
    1. Angelo Davids (four tournaments, 20 matches; 65 points, 13 tries)
    2. Ryan Oosthuizen (19 tournaments, 95 matches; 95 points, 19 tries)
    3. Impi Visser (13 tournaments, 64 matches; 65 points, 13 tries)
    4. Sako Makata (seven tournaments, 26 matches; 10 points, two tries)
    5. Werner Kok (49 tournaments, 249 matches; 530 points, 106 tries)
    6. JC Pretorius (nine tournaments, 48 matches, 110 points, 22 tries)
    7. Branco du Preez (73 tournaments, 369 matches; 1316 points, 94 tries, 420 conversions, 1 penalty, 1 drop goal)
    8. Selvyn Davids (18 tournaments, 90 matches; 372 points, 39 tries, 87 conversions, 1 penalty)
    9. Kurt-Lee Arendse (six tournaments, 25 matches; 55 points, 11 tries)
    10. Cecil Afrika (64 tournaments, 333 matches; 1445 points, 176 tries, 281 conversions, 1 penalty)
    11. Muller du Plessis (12 tournaments, 51 matches; 170 points, 34 tries)
    12. Stedman Gans (captain; 20 tournaments, 94 matches; 140 points, 28 tries)
    13. Mfundo Ndhlovu (four tournaments, 17 matches; 25 points, five tries) – official reserve

    The Pools for the HSBC LA Sevens are:
    Pool A: Fiji, Argentina, France, Korea
    Pool B: South Africa, Ireland, Canada, Kenya
    Poo C: USA, Australia, Scotland, Samoa
    Pool D: England, New Zealand, Wales, Spain

  •  No fewer than 250 gospel artistes will participate at the 9th edition of the Redeemed Christian Church of God RCCG 78 hours of praise in celebration of the 78th birthday of its General Overseer Pastor Enoch Adeboye RCCG s National Music Director Pastor Kunle Ajayi told newsmen in Lagos on Saturday that the 78 Hours Marathon Messiah s Praise entitled Jesus the Lamb of God would also open up Nigerians to new ways of celebrating God He said that the celebration scheduled to hold from March 2 to March 5 at the Prayer Foyer 3 3 Auditorium Redemption Camp would also feature artistes from many other countries According to him among countries that will be participating in the praise include United States of America Canada England Australia Spain Scotland United Arab Emirates Brazil Israel and Zambia Others are Cameroon Kenya Netherlands Sweden Malaysia South Africa Ukraine Ghana New Zealand and Ireland We are dedicating the 78 hours this year to praise our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ whose life became our light This is a giant step in our quest to bring Marathon Messiah s Praise to the doorstep of every living being on the planet Ajayi said Ajayi said that to ensure a hitch free programme participants from all walks of life had registered to volunteer in various departments and in various key sectors of the programme across the participating countries Over 30 000 live participants are expected to be in attendance with over 30 million viewers expected to watch the event on TV and social media channels This year s Marathon Messiah s Praise will be the greatest in its series and we are confident that as we praise the Great Redeemer He will do something new in Nigeria As we are coming towards the electioneering time God is going to give Nigerians good and credible leaders There will be a harvest of souls miracles signs and wonders restoration peace progress and divine intervention across the globe he said A new department SOTERIA launched at the last edition will be available for prayer and counseling with a dedicated call line for general public throughout the 78 hours event Edited By Wale Ojetimi
    250 gospel artistes for RCCG’s 9th Marathon Messiah Praise festival
     No fewer than 250 gospel artistes will participate at the 9th edition of the Redeemed Christian Church of God RCCG 78 hours of praise in celebration of the 78th birthday of its General Overseer Pastor Enoch Adeboye RCCG s National Music Director Pastor Kunle Ajayi told newsmen in Lagos on Saturday that the 78 Hours Marathon Messiah s Praise entitled Jesus the Lamb of God would also open up Nigerians to new ways of celebrating God He said that the celebration scheduled to hold from March 2 to March 5 at the Prayer Foyer 3 3 Auditorium Redemption Camp would also feature artistes from many other countries According to him among countries that will be participating in the praise include United States of America Canada England Australia Spain Scotland United Arab Emirates Brazil Israel and Zambia Others are Cameroon Kenya Netherlands Sweden Malaysia South Africa Ukraine Ghana New Zealand and Ireland We are dedicating the 78 hours this year to praise our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ whose life became our light This is a giant step in our quest to bring Marathon Messiah s Praise to the doorstep of every living being on the planet Ajayi said Ajayi said that to ensure a hitch free programme participants from all walks of life had registered to volunteer in various departments and in various key sectors of the programme across the participating countries Over 30 000 live participants are expected to be in attendance with over 30 million viewers expected to watch the event on TV and social media channels This year s Marathon Messiah s Praise will be the greatest in its series and we are confident that as we praise the Great Redeemer He will do something new in Nigeria As we are coming towards the electioneering time God is going to give Nigerians good and credible leaders There will be a harvest of souls miracles signs and wonders restoration peace progress and divine intervention across the globe he said A new department SOTERIA launched at the last edition will be available for prayer and counseling with a dedicated call line for general public throughout the 78 hours event Edited By Wale Ojetimi
    250 gospel artistes for RCCG’s 9th Marathon Messiah Praise festival
    General news3 years ago

    250 gospel artistes for RCCG’s 9th Marathon Messiah Praise festival

    No fewer than 250 gospel artistes will participate at the 9th edition of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) 78 hours of praise in celebration of the 78th birthday of its General Overseer, Pastor Enoch Adeboye.

    RCCG’s National Music Director, Pastor Kunle Ajayi, told newsmen in Lagos on Saturday that the ‘78 Hours Marathon Messiah’s Praise’ entitled, ‘Jesus the Lamb of God ’, would also open up Nigerians to new ways of celebrating God.

    He said that the celebration, scheduled to hold from March 2 to March 5 at the Prayer Foyer 3/3 Auditorium Redemption Camp, would also feature artistes from many other countries.

    According to him, among countries that will be participating in the praise include United States of America, Canada, England, Australia, Spain, Scotland, United Arab Emirates, Brazil, Israel, and Zambia.

    Others are Cameroon, Kenya, Netherlands, Sweden, Malaysia, South Africa, Ukraine, Ghana, New Zealand, and Ireland.

    “We are dedicating the 78 hours this year to praise our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ whose life became our light.

    ”This is a giant step in our quest to bring ‘Marathon Messiah’s Praise’ to the doorstep of every living being on the planet,” Ajayi said.

    Ajayi said that to ensure a hitch-free programme, participants from all walks of life had registered to volunteer in various departments and in various key sectors of the programme across the participating countries.

    ”Over 30, 000 live participants are expected to be in attendance with over 30 million viewers expected to watch the event on TV and social media channels.

    “This year’s Marathon Messiah’s Praise will be the greatest in its series and we are confident that as we praise the Great Redeemer, He will do something new in Nigeria.

    ”As we are coming towards the electioneering time, God is going to give Nigerians good and credible leaders.

    ”There will be a harvest of souls, miracles, signs and wonders, restoration, peace, progress and divine intervention across the globe,” he said.

    A new department, SOTERIA, launched at the last edition, will be available for prayer and counseling with a dedicated call line for general public throughout the 78 hours event.


    Edited By: Wale Ojetimi

     

  •   Britain has extradited one of Europe s most wanted organised criminals to Romania where he faces charges including human trafficking murder and money laundering police said on Friday Romanian authorities accused Florin Ghinea 45 of leading a major organised crime network that sent Romanian women to Ireland Finland and Dubai for sexual exploitation Britain s National Crime Agency NCA said Ghinea known by the nickname Ghenosu is also accused of blackmail and conspiring to kill a criminal rival Until his arrest in August 2018 at a gym in the town of Watford on the northern edge of London Europol had listed Ghinea as one of the continent s most wanted men He was detained on a European Arrest Warrant and flown from London to Bucharest on Wednesday following the conclusion of extradition proceedings in Britain the police said Ghinea was arrested as a result of some excellent joint working between the NCA and Romanian law enforcement said Dave Hucker head of European operations for the British crime agency His departure is a huge success and I ve no doubt our streets are safer as a result Hucker added Edited By Halima Sheji Felix Ajide
    One of Europe’s most wanted traffickers extradited to Romania
      Britain has extradited one of Europe s most wanted organised criminals to Romania where he faces charges including human trafficking murder and money laundering police said on Friday Romanian authorities accused Florin Ghinea 45 of leading a major organised crime network that sent Romanian women to Ireland Finland and Dubai for sexual exploitation Britain s National Crime Agency NCA said Ghinea known by the nickname Ghenosu is also accused of blackmail and conspiring to kill a criminal rival Until his arrest in August 2018 at a gym in the town of Watford on the northern edge of London Europol had listed Ghinea as one of the continent s most wanted men He was detained on a European Arrest Warrant and flown from London to Bucharest on Wednesday following the conclusion of extradition proceedings in Britain the police said Ghinea was arrested as a result of some excellent joint working between the NCA and Romanian law enforcement said Dave Hucker head of European operations for the British crime agency His departure is a huge success and I ve no doubt our streets are safer as a result Hucker added Edited By Halima Sheji Felix Ajide
    One of Europe’s most wanted traffickers extradited to Romania
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    One of Europe’s most wanted traffickers extradited to Romania

       Britain has extradited one of Europe’s most wanted organised criminals to Romania, where he faces charges including human trafficking, murder and money laundering, police said on Friday.

    Romanian authorities accused Florin Ghinea, 45, of leading a major organised crime network that sent Romanian women to Ireland, Finland and Dubai for sexual exploitation, Britain’s National Crime Agency (NCA) said.

    Ghinea, known by the nickname Ghenosu, is also accused of blackmail and conspiring to kill a criminal rival.

    Until his arrest in August 2018 at a gym in the town of Watford, on the northern edge of London, Europol had listed Ghinea as one of the continent’s most wanted men.

    He was detained on a European Arrest Warrant and flown from London to Bucharest on Wednesday, following the conclusion of extradition proceedings in Britain, the police said.

    “Ghinea was arrested as a result of some excellent joint working between the NCA and Romanian law enforcement,’’ said Dave Hucker, head of European operations for the British crime agency.

    “His departure is a huge success, and I’ve no doubt our streets are safer as a result,’’ Hucker added.


    Edited By: Halima Sheji/Felix Ajide

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