McQueen set for history-making debut

first_imgThis is before confirming his representative allegiance to England, hitting back at those who have questioned his right to make his Test debut against Samoa next weekend.McQueen was on Monday night included in a 20-man England squad by coach Wayne Bennett to take part in next weekend’s representative round, with his inclusion – along with that of Sharks forward Chris Heighington – receiving short shrift back in England from commentators who believe other Super League-based players were more worthy.Although players from developing rugby league nations such as Samoa, Tonga and Fiji may now represent the country of their heritage without jeopardising any future Origin opportunities, as England is classified as a tier one nation McQueen will no longer be eligible for either Queensland or Australia.The six-time Maroons representative admitted that letting go of that goal was the most difficult part of the decision-making process but that being overlooked for last year’s series convinced him that his Origin days were over, opening the door to create history as the first Origin representative to also play for England.”When those boys that got suspended from the Origin system and the injuries they had I was hopeful of getting a call-up into that Queensland team for last year and it didn’t happen, which is fine, but that was the thing that made me realise that that ship has probably sailed and it was time to move on,” said McQueen.”For me it wasn’t about turning my back on Origin because I still absolutely love the Queensland organisation and I still am a Queenslander but for me it was about taking the opportunities that are in front of me.”It’s still something I’ve been thinking about over the last couple of days, that I’d never get that opportunity to pull that Maroon jersey on ever again but I’ve done that and I absolutely loved it but the opportunity to play some international footy was something I couldn’t pass up.”Overlooked by Bennett for England’s 2016 Four Nations campaign in England, McQueen said he wasn’t sure what had changed but reconfirmed his commitment to playing for England when Bennett enquired as to his availability last Friday.When he confirmed he was still keen to represent the country of his father Kevin’s birth he sealed his future representative fate, a decision Bennett praised as being a strong one.”Once they play for England they can’t play for anyone else,” Bennett said.”He’s made a pretty strong decision. If you play for a country like Samoa you can still play for Australia, New Zealand and England still. But once you make a decision to play for England that’s pretty much it.”There has been plenty of criticism on social media and back in England of Bennett’s decision to choose McQueen but the 29-year-old – who will bring up his 150th NRL appearance in Round 10 – said the England jersey will be worn with just as much pride as his six Queensland jerseys.”The thing that people don’t realise is that my dad was born and bred in England, he’s a very proud Englishman and I grew up listening to stories of his childhood and growing up in England,” adding that his England player number (either 730, 731 or 732 depending on the final line-up) will be added to his many tattoos in the off-season.”To the people over there who don’t know me and don’t know my story and don’t know my background, to them they just see an Australian-born player playing in their English team.”I’ve grown up with an English father and it’s not like I’m reaching back to grandparents or anything like that. It’s my father, he was born there, he grew up there and I feel a strong connection to England.”It’s as if people don’t understand that you can be proud of two heritages. I have two parents, I have two backgrounds and I’m equally as proud of both of them.”This feels exactly the same as when I pulled on that Queensland jersey, now pulling on an England jersey.”last_img read more

Seafaring Tuvalu make it

first_imgThis is the story of Tuvalu who finally made it to Port Moresby. Their voyage began on Tuesday this week with three long days out at sea on a boat to Fiji and then on to Port Moresby, arriving just last night.Permanent secretary of the Team Tuvalu, Talavi Iona said it had been a long journey but their determination to get to the Games brought them here safely and in time.“We’ve had no rest. We were delayed by a few days because of bad weather but we finally set sail to Fiji and then made our way here. We’re all excited to be here,” said Iona.Tuvala have 113 athletes and officials here for the Games and will be taking part in sports including boxing, taekwondo, table tennis and weightlifting.last_img

Hunters set for top of the ladder clash

first_imgHunters on second place are hoping to cause an upset to level with Blackhawks on 33 points with better percentage determining first and second spots.The last time both teams met in Round 11, Hunters defeated Blackhawks 22-16 in Townsville.Coach Michael Marum has shifted Lawrence Tu’u from the forwards to the centres to cover for Thompson Teteh who is down with a hamstring injury.Marum said in a statement that he has faith in Tu’u to rise to the challenge in a position he has played before in past Hunters’ games.Enoch Maki, a skillful ball playing forward who can offload in tackles, comes off the bench to start in the front row.The full squad is: 1.Stargroth Amean, 2.Bland Abavu, 3.Noel Zeming, 4 .Lawrence Tu’u, 5.Adex Wera, 6. Israel Eliab ©, 7. Ase Boas, 8. Enock Maki, 9. Wartovo Puara, 10. Esau Siune, 11. Brandy Peter, 12. Kato Ottio, 13. Timothy Lomai.Interchange: 14.Adam Korave, 15.Atte Bina, 16.Willie Minoga, 17.Henry Noki, 18.Nickson Borana, 19.Roger Laka, 20.David Lapua, 21.Edward GomaFollowing this Sunday’s game, Hunters will host fifth placed East Tigers in Round 21.The PNG side then plays away against Ipswich Jets in Round 22 before they host Wynnum Manly Seagulls on August 8 at Sir John Guise Stadium in Port Moresby.last_img read more

SP pour in K7.6 million for Hunters

first_imgThis sponsorship will run until the end of 2020 with SP to hold the naming rights to the team.This year is SP’s third year of sponsorship to the Hunters.The cheque presentation was done today at the SP Brew kettle in Port Moresby and was witnessed by representatives from the PNG Rugby Football League (PNGRFL), Hunters coaching staff and management and other stakeholders.Managing Director for SP, Stan Joyce said the relationship between SP and rugby league in the country was not new and was one that had evolved over the years.“The Hunters program so far has brought immense success. There were some who doubted this at first but the team has been consistent and performed.“After a review, the board made a decision to reward the success of the Hunters and extend the sponsorship.“The achievements of the Hunters are a turning corner for rugby league in the country and we have every confidence in the team to achieve greatness,” said Joyce.Chairman of the PNGRFL, Sandis Tsaka thanked SP Brewery saying the SP Hunters program is an integral part of the development of rugby league in PNG and SP’s continued sponsorship ensured this program continues running.“We wouldn’t be where we are today without the support of SP Brewery, the government and other sponsors who make the success of the Hunters program possible,” said Tsaka.The breakup of SP Brewery’s sponsorship:•           K500, 000 for the signing fee•           K1.6 million in 2017 (from which there is a 10% increment each year after that)•           K1.8 million in 2018•           K1.9 million in 2019•           K2.1 million in 2020last_img read more

PNG swimming team finish on a high

first_imgSam Seghers competed in his last two events, the 50m freestyle and 100m butterfly, in the same heat session.Seghers’ time of 23.58 for freestyle was just shy of his Personal Best while in the 100m butterfly, he set a time of 55.17 which made a new Personal Best time. Ryan Pini continued his great form with a time of 52.86 in his 100m butterfly event.The time was just 0.50 off from the Olympic A Qualifying time.This is Pini’s fastest time recorded since the 2012 London Olympics.In the 50m breaststroke, Ryan Maskelyne completed his last event for the meet with a solid 31.07.In the corresponding women’s event, Barbara Vali-Skelton swam a 34.83.The last day of competition saw Pini swim a Personal Best time of 25.62 in the 50m backstroke to qualify 6th fastest for the final.Pini went faster again in the final swimming 25.55 to break his own PNG National record.“I’m very pleased with my results and feeling positive for the lead up towards Rio,” said Pini.last_img read more

Isi does not ensure its continuity and Arnaiz and Gallar join the list

first_imgThere are also other profiles that like, such as Jose Arnaiz and Álex Gallar. Arnaiz currently militates in Leganés, where he has barely played 328 minutes in twelve games this season. The Talaverano, 24, stood out in the Valladolid quarry and he made the leap with the first team. There it caught the attention of Barcelona, who bought it for its subsidiary and ended up debuting with Valverde. Your pubic lesions, for which he already had to be intervened and left in the dry dock for about a year, They have slowed their progression. For its part, Gallar plays in Girona, where he is finding minutes but no prominence (he has twelve titles so far). The 27-year-old Catalan has played 1,087 minutes in 21 games, to which we must add the 28 he had in the first day with Huesca. It should be noted that in that little half an hour he scored his only goal. Interestingly, if you go to Rayo, you would end the course having gone through three different teams in the category. Embarba’s departure is a fact and the need for Lightning to be reinforced, too. The franjirrojo club needs two extremes and has several names on the table. Yes, some regain strength, like Isi’s. The Murcia, 25, confessed in an interview with ‘Esradio Bierzo’: “The player always wants to improve, he is ambitious. Lightning contacted me (when Baby was injured) because he loved me, but it wasn’t the time. Soccer changes overnight. I can’t assure you that here is 31. At the moment I am from La Ponfe and I am focused “.The extreme does not want to venture what his future will be and if it will be in Vallecas or Ponferrada, although has not yet accepted the renewal offer of the berciana entity. A clue, perhaps? “I have one year left on my contract. I can’t assure you will be here. Isi, as a person and footballer, has to look for Isi and not for Ponferradina. I want to keep growing. Tying more years to a club … I think it’s not the time“, explained the player, aware at all times of the franjirrojo interest.last_img read more

1×1 of Atlético: historical disaster without Oblak or Morata

first_imgAdam: First chance of the season at eleven after having played only 24 minutes in Anoeta. It was not well clearing a split ball in the first half, but the play was invalidated for offside. In the second it happened again, clearing fists back and ending in the goal of Castañeda. It is not easy to be a substitute goalkeeper and play after so much time stopped, but he made a serious mistake. Little could do in the goal of Benito. Two goals practically in the only two shots against. Arias: Constants up the right lane, reaching the bottom line and looking for the center, although he noticed the absence of Morata in the area, usual rojiblanco header. He lacked some more clarity in the final meters. He was not able to get to close the center of Gudino that became the goal of Benito. Felipe: Indispensable in defense, he added his nineteenth consecutive complete game. A safe back, impossible to overcome in the melee and in the air game. He showed strength in the ball, without raffling the ball, far superior to the rival front. Play perfect with the body, aware of when to protect, when to cut or when to clear. He was able to score in the 90th minute, but he avoided it Giffard with a stop. The best back one more time. Beautiful: Minutes after more than a month without playing. His ability to look for the right wing, in this case Arias, is a great weapon with the precision of your game changes. It is the center with the best play played by the team. Manu Sánchez: New opportunity for the canterano on the left side. Bold to raise the band with consistency and to look for Vitolo ahead. He looked for the goal in two shots on goal without success. He was the only squad in the eleven and ended up suffering in the final minutes, where Cultural turned the game to his band. Kawaya became a nightmare in recent moments.Llorente: Pivot of the team with the escort of Herrera on the right and Saul on the left during the first half. He started comfortably, without suffocating pressure that allowed him to show himself more at the start of the ball. Attentive in recovery, he came out with power when he stole the ball in the middle. He saw the yellow on the edge of the break for a foul on Martinez. With the entrance of Thomas, more overturned to the right and he got lost on the pitch. He left replaced in minute 98. CHEMA DIAZ & nbsp; (DAILY AS) ‘); return false; “class =” item-multimedia “>Llorente disputes an aerial ball.CHEMA DIAZ (DAILY AS) Herrera: Atleti needs more Mexican presence at the ball out. He was inaccurate and lost many balls in the middle. He was able to score at 20 minutes with a shot that was looking for the Cultural squad, but Giffard won. Simeone replaced him at the break after a gray game in a position that apparently should favor his participation.Saul: More comfortable in a center of the field of three, with more arrival to the rival area. With the passing of minutes, while Atlético lost presence, Cholo moved him to the left wing. He did not have excessive participation in the game, although he won a key aerial ball in the action of Correa’s goal. It requires more presence with the ball. He saw the yellow for a small ‘pique’ with a rival. In extra time he went on to play in the middle when Llorente came out. In the last minutes he was exhausted, he did not cut the center that culminated in the goal of Benito or the subsequent arrival of Gudiño who could become the third of the Cultural.Belt: He occupied the right side of the rojiblanco attack. He was not as participatory as in the last games, but again it was decisive for the goal. He opened the scoring for Atlético defining very well with the left after the assistance of João Félix. Today is essential in the team, although it was not his best encounter. It was replaced at 101 minutes. Vitolo: He was able to make the first goal after seven minutes in his hand after a great pass from João Félix, but his stinging shot went off. Again in the second half he enjoyed an unbeatable opportunity after a pass from the Portuguese where he scored the cross shot and won Giffard. It was the second change of Atletico to give entry to Saponjic and he could not leave happy, since he could not define in two clear actions and could not channel the game of mattress attack. João Felix: In a front of three, he moved very comfortable as a false ‘9’ in the first minutes, until Atlético lost possession. He left four major key passes, although only Correa could take advantage of it to score. A shipment at the first touch to leave the Argentine face to door. Before, he gave two fantastic assists for Vitolo, but the canary could not beat the goalkeeper in any of them. Also for Saponjic with a brilliant shipment that ended at the finish line. He delayed his position to receive more comfortable between the lines waiting for the unchecking of his attack partners. On the negative side, he repeatedly lost himself in trying to make it pretty instead of being practical and it didn’t work out and he finished a game again, although in this case with extra time, I stiff physically without being able to have more presence in attack.Saponjic DebutThomas: Siemone change at the break for Herrera. He positioned himself as a pivot to give tranquility to the exit of the athletic ball, allowing Llorente to deploy in attack. It was not fine in the corner kicks, although it did serve a good ball for Felipe’s header in the 90th minute. Saponjic: His first half hour with Atlético after not counting during his first six months for Simeone. Well in the back game, he has a size that makes him win in the melee. He provided Atlético with a point reference, something that did a lot of good for his teammates. He was able to score in the 86th and 90th minute, but his first powerful shot stopped him Giffard and the second, more focused, again stopped the goal with difficulties. He was subject to multiple faults in the defense of the Cultural. Camel: He entered Llorente at 98 minutes. He tried to hunt some loose ball in the area to get a chance to score, but he couldn’t have his own. Riquelme: Last change in minute 101 for Correa. He sought overflow from the right wing and dared to face and assume responsibilities. Atlético debuted in the Copa del Rey with three players in the middle, Llorente pivot with Herrera on the right and Saul on the left forming a 4-3-3. The attack front was composed of Correa, João Félix and Vitolo, with the freest Portuguese, from false ‘9’. Simeone gave minutes to less common players like Adam, Beautiful, Manu Sánchez or Llorente. After starting well, sending in the game, Atlético lost weight in the game and bottled in their area. At the break Simeone gave entrance to Thomas by Herrera to look for some game in the middle. Saponjic debuted and Correa broke the tie after a great pass from João Félix. However with a side center and a bad clearance from Adam came the goal of the Cultural that forced the extension, with a Giffard who avoided Felipe’s goal with a tremendous stop. El Cholo ended up playing with Thomas and Saul in the double pivot, Riquelme on the right, João Félix on the left and Saponjic and Camel on tip. last_img read more

Setién: “With fewer players, all are plugged in”

first_imgHow do you raise the game?“It is always better to know what the opponent will do, which does not come from a good run. We are better, but we have to improve. The ultimate experience against them is not good and that shows that they can hurt you. If they are inspired, no it’s easy. If they do things well, they do them very well. “Does the winter market weaken the team?“It can give that feeling, but there is a subsidiary behind. Surely they will help us. Apparently we are weaker, but you never know. What is clear is that Ousmane will be an extraordinary signing and is a huge incentive.”Do you like a short template more?“What hurts me is to make calls and leave people out. With fewer people, you have everyone plugged in. Everyone sees possibilities to play. Sometimes having 20 is better than having 25”.What do you think of Trincao?“It’s an operation that I’ve found and until July we’ll see. It’s a club bet and I don’t have much to say. We’ll work with him.”Does pass statistics worry you?“It doesn’t tell me much more than you control the game. If you have the ball 80 minutes the chances that hurt you are less. But the inconsequential possessions I don’t like, but sometimes you have to play backwards. You defend yourself with the ball”. How is Arturo Vidal?“It is not serious. It is a concussion, but I am not in favor of taking risks. We do not have a very large staff. Sometimes the players themselves do not understand that they can do things better than they are used to. It can be corrected and it is what we are going to deal with Vidal and others. We are not going to ask him to do the Griezmann thing. He will give us extraordinary performance. There is also what Ernest said, he can revolutionize. “Do you feel favorite for the Champions League?“If I were the rival, I would not rule out. Barcelona is always Barcelona. You can always have a bad time. Only one will win and the others will not fail. We have the same possibilities as the rest.”What does Eder Sarabia take care of?“He joined me in Las Palmas and his contribution is very positive. I like to surround myself with young and energetic people. He is one more helper and everyone contributes what he deserves. He contributes a lot and has prominence and is smarter than or in many things”.Are you worried about performance away from home?“It is a pending issue that we have to change. We must play the same at home and away. It is important for next week. It is important to win tomorrow for that.”Can Dembélé come in?“It would be premature. We’re not going to accelerate.”Four or three defense tongue?“We have two left-handed centrals that go very well with their nuances. We will use them as convenient. Lenglet was applied a lot as before Umtiti. Competitiveness helps.”last_img read more

Nerves in Can Barça: Bartomeu meets the Delegate Committee as a matter of urgency

first_imgIn this Commission, evidently apart from Bartomeu, are Vice Presidents Jordi Cardoner, Jordi Moix, Enrique Tombas, the board of directors Maria Teixidor and the CEO, Oscar Grau.In principle, Bartomeu had planned to give the Board the appropriate explanations this Friday, but after the latest events, with Gerard Piqué making public his disagreements with the current club policy and the financial director, Montserrat Font, announcing his irrevocable resignation, it seems that The Blaugrana leader has decided to take the bull by the horns and act immediately. President Josep Maria Bartomeu summoned the Delegate Committee on Wednesday in an extraordinary and urgent way to analyze the situation of FC Barcelona, ​​plunged into a real institutional crisis, as the SER chain has revealed. And it is that the Delegated Commission is one of the most important organs of the Blaugrana club, which is usually convened the previous days of the General Assembly of Committees to prepare and organize this event, one of the most important in the operation of the club.Well, Bartomeu, aware that the situation is about to escape from his hands, has decided to gather the Delegate Committee to discuss this afternoon about the current situation of the club and make the necessary decisions.last_img read more

Coke: “It was seen that LaLiga would take action”

first_imgHow the movie has changed with the coronavirus …Yes, it is logical too. We see that there are Champions League games that are being played behind closed doors and it was seen coming a bit that LaLiga would take preventive measures. Because it is clear that if you take it, at least you will be a couple of weeks in quarantine. Not only for us who play soccer, but anyone for health reasons. In Mestalla it was already played behind closed doors, what do you think of this type of measures?I understand that in the end it is for the common good, for the social good. But obviously the sports spectacle because it diminishes it and with what was played Valencia was going to suffer it, it was clear.Derby behind closed doors or suspension …I think he had never played a game behind closed doors. It would be strange. But I think it would affect them more than it affects us. Because in the end it is his field, his audience, who also experience it in a special way for being a derby. A certain percentage that we would earn there I think …If they play, what do you expect from the match?Well, I think we have to go out and do our job. I think they have a great team and I don’t know how the wear of the Champions League will have affected them in a decisive match for them. The first part of the journey is the way to go; But of course, then they play well and even if they don’t have their best game they have players who make the difference, with which you have to play a very complete game.Would you imagine achieving the first victory in Mestalla without an audience?It was going to be remembered because there will not be an audience, because it would not be bad if this were the first to be won there. We are aware of this and hopefully the truth would be very nice.His passage through the derbies in Valencia are not understood without that goal annulled by the push of Paulista. It could have been the first joy in Mestalla (it was 1-2 in the final stretch of the match in 2017-18).That’s it … He was wrong at the time and what are you going to do. We all wanted to bump our heads against the wall because the situation of the team was complicated. Also, it was 1-2, I think it would be the seventy minute, or that way, you were already ahead. But hey, at that moment you get very angry about everything that involved, also in a derby. But, well, that’s it. Hopefully we can put 1-2 in the seventies this time.With VAR the story would have changed …Man, if they don’t cancel that with VAR, imagine … And in full Fallas …I couldn’t come another time. Nor can they prohibit people from going out on the street, that is impossible. But I think we all have to put a little common sense, and not stay locked up at home, but we do avoid certain things …center_img Being one of the heavyweights in the group, how do you assess the situation of the team?Look, the other day, I don’t know if it was Guardiola, he said that in Champions it is very difficult to be superior to your rival for a long time and that you have to take advantage of it. The same thing happens to us, we are not much superior to many First Division teams. The other day you have to make it 2-0, you don’t and obviously the other team is going to have its moment. It is true that it can be said that we are not very regular. But what is to be regular, to win all the matches? It is true that the other day you have to make it 2-0 and the game would have been much more controlled; you don’t and in any move they can tie you. But I see the team well, especially I think that we have grown from the beginning of the season to here and it is more reliable in terms of game. The disposition of the team in the matches is very recognizable and I think the team competes against anyone and in almost any match. Maybe some of the things haven’t turned out, but I think the dynamics are good.Miramón would arrive touched to the meeting, do you see yourself with options to be a starter?Well, I do not know. I train every week thinking that I am going to play, in order to help the team. I do not think further, because in the end you are training every day to that end. You have to play or you do not. You have to work and then since the decision is up to the coach.How do you personally face your role this season?Well, it’s true that I’m not playing much. But I still feel important in the team, I think respected and considered by all my teammates, because I think we have a great group. Now it is true that I am in a situation where I do not play much, but I think I have to continue to contribute things every day in training and face games in a slightly different way. But I always try to help, contribute my experiences if they can be useful to a partner and when I have to play try to do well.How does the player coexist with criticism when he is not at his best?You first have to be aware of the world you are in. You are exposed to public opinion and many times your work is determined based on whether you win a game or lose. Not even for your personal or team performances. From there, criticism does not have to harm you mentally and always try to maintain a line and a spirit towards work and what you should do. Neither for good nor for bad.Without being his best season in sports, on a personal level he is in a sweet moment …Obviously, on a personal level it is one of the happiest moments. Enjoying this process a lot (he will soon be a father). And it is true that I am not playing and I do not know if with age you learn to relativize everything a little. You cannot base your life and happiness in quotes, because you don’t play. I spend it every day here training you to shit. I enjoy day to day a lot, traveling with my colleagues, in my life I am of course enjoying it a lot and if I played it would be milk … But you have to relativize everything and you cannot lose that you are in a good time or you are happy or joyful because you play or don’t play.With the number of laps he has taken in his career and he is going to have a Valencian son …Yes, the truth is (laughs). And, look, my girlfriend is from Cádiz, I wouldn’t mind if she was from Cádiz, and I was from Madrid. Well look, the truth that we are here at ease, with which in a place where you are at ease because everything that happens to you, and on top of that, it will be good.last_img read more