Coles boost for All Blacks

first_imgColes missed four months of action with a head injury, sitting out the British and Irish Lions series before returning for Hurricanes’ Super Rugby quarter-final win over Brumbies last month.The 30-year-old was due to return to the international fold for New Zealand’s opening Rugby Championship clash against the Wallabies last week, which they won 54-34, but suffered a fresh head knock in the ‘game of three halves’ against Taranaki and Counties Manukau and was ruled out of the Bledisloe Cup contest.However, assistant coach Ian Foster said Coles – who last represented his country against France last November – is in line to face Australia in Dunedin after coming through training unscathed.”He trained really well,” Foster said. “He had a good week last week actually.”He’s come through [training] really well.”Sonny Bill Williams is also in contention to be selected after sustaining a head injury in the first match, an incident SANZAAR is reportedly looking into to see if medical officials should have carried out concussion tests.Foster added: “Sonny took a knock in the weekend but he was symptom-free.”The doctor has done what he always does when there is a suspicion of something. “He was held back a little bit today so we could make sure he was absolutely clear but the signs are really positive.”last_img read more

Pro Kabaddi 2019 HIGHLIGHTS, UP Yoddha vs Dabang Delhi in Noida: UP Beat Delhi 50-33

first_imgTheir defence, like last season, has been stellar so far. While skipper Nitesh Kumar has had a good campaign, the star on the defensive side has been Left Corner Sumit, who is currently on pace to finish the campaign as one of the season’s leading tackle point scorers. With the defence and offence working in tandem, UP Yoddha are one of the most in-form and balanced outfits in the league, and Dabang Delhi KC will have their work cut out on Saturday.Dabang Delhi succumbed to just their third defeat of the season against Bengal Warriors in their previous outing and, while results elsewhere have since confirmed their spot in the semi-final, they need to win aganst UP Yoddha to keep a hold on their top spot. Raider Naveen Kumar extended his unprecedented run of Super 10s to 18 and another one against UP Yoddha will see him break the record for the most Super 10s in a campaign (19), held jointly by him and Pardeep Narwal.Their defence had a rare off night against Bengal Warriors as they could muster just six tackle points – their lowest this season – and veterans Joginder Narwal and Ravinder Pahal will be aiming to put in a better showing against UP Yoddha. Coach Krishan Kumar Hooda could opt to test his bench strength against a formidable foe and give opportunities to the likes of Meraj Sheykh and Saeid Ghaffari, who have seen their playing time diminish over the past few matches. UP Yoddha are aiming to become one of only two teams, alongside Bengal Warriors, to qualify beyond the league stage in the past three campaigns. Their recent winning form has come at the back of the starry performance from raider Shrikant Jadhav. He has solidified his spot as the lead raider with consistent performances throughout the campaign and the past eight matches have seen him score 76 raid points at an average of 9.5 per game with three Super 10s. He and rookie Surender Gill have carried the bulk of the raiding load and the duo has performed exceedingly well for UP Yoddha..@UpYoddha are a team on a mission as they go into #UPvDEL in search of a win to cement their position in the playoffs.Here’s what you need to know about tonight’s fixture: https://t.co/vYBy4Sbh1l⌛️: 7 PM📺: Star Sports & Hotstar#IsseToughKuchNahi #VIVOProKabaddi pic.twitter.com/viEfXjWaBt— ProKabaddi (@ProKabaddi) October 5, 2019last_img read more

Heres what Seán Gallagher and Micheál Martin looked like when they had

first_imgYOU MAY RECALL that before he was running for president – and going awfully close to winning – Séan Gallagher was a member of Fianna Fáil.Indeed his links to the Soldiers of Destiny would ultimately be his undoing when the party was still politically toxic in the aftermath of its near wipeout at the general election.But Gallagher cut a dashing figure as a member of the party’s youth wing, Ógra Fianna Fáil, if this programme for its ninth national youth conference in 1984 is anything to go by: Source: Irish Election LiteratureGallagher was one of three candidates from Connacht/Ulster seeking to get elected to the party’s Ard Comhairle.Down in Munster there was another dashing young man looking to get on the party’s national executive.He went by the name of Micheál Martin. Look at that handsome future Fianna Fáil leader: Source: Irish Election LiteratureThe conference itself looked like a right old shindig. It took place on 10 and 11 November 1984 in the Grand Hotel in Malahide, north Dublin.But the real party was taking place on the Friday night before all the boring political stuff got under way with the Grove Hotel played host to a disco.We can only imagine what Seán, Micheál and all the other Ógra Fianna Fáilers got up to there. Dancing and all sorts… Source: Irish Election LiteratureHat tip to Irish Election Literature Helicopter rides and cigars: Here’s what dinner with Charlie Haughey was like in 1987last_img read more