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

Aussies Bennett, Snowsill look to extend dominance in L.A.

first_imgA partly cloudy morning with little wind and small waves should make weather a non-factor. The men start at 6:45 a.m. and the women at 6:50.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The point-to-point Olympic distance course begins with a swim of nine-tenths of a mile in the Pacific Ocean off Venice Beach, transitions to a 24.8-mile bike ride from the beach through Hollywood to downtown Los Angeles, and finishes with a 6.2-mile run to the finish line at Staples Center. Bennett (5 hours, 11 minutes last year) leads the men and Snowsill the women in the series standings. Bennett is 3-for-3, having won in Minneapolis, New York and Chicago. If he wins this event and the series finale, he will earn $208,000 for the five events plus a bonus of $300,000 awarded for winning all five races in the series. Snowsill is 2-for-3, and traveled to Los Angeles directly from last Sunday’s ITU World Championships in Germany, where she finished second. She is a three-time ITU World Champion. Among those who figure to contend in the men’s division are Craig Walton of Australia, American Paul Matthews and Simon Lessing of Great Britain. Walton is the 2002 and 2003 L.A. champion, and stands second behind Bennett in the series points race. Challenging Snowsill are Julie Dibens of Great Britain and Pip Taylor of Australia, who stand second and fourth, respectively, in the women’s points standings. TRIATHLON: Defending champions also lead series. By The Associated Press Australians Greg Bennett and Emma Snowsill will defend their titles today in the eighth annual Los Angeles Triathlon. More than 2,700 recreational, amateur and professional triathletes will be competing in the fourth of five events in the Life Time Fitness Triathlon Series that finishes Oct. 14 in Dallas with the U.S. Open Triathlon Championships. last_img read more