Rugby’s Greatest: George Gregan

first_img Eddie Jones calls the Wallaby flanker the greatest… Expand Rugby’s Greatest: George GreganIn the dying seconds of the deciding Test against Australia in Sydney 15 years ago, the Lions still had a shot of snatching the series. Though 29-23 down, they had possession and were stretching their opponents. Then a pass went loose. Wallaby wing Andrew Walker scooped it up and walked over the touchline to end the game.George Gregan stood just metres away. The diminutive scrum-half had played every minute of three high-octane encounters. He mimed a pistol with the first two fingers on his right hand, held the imaginary gun to his lips and blew the imaginary smoke away.Similarly spiky bravado surfaced two years later in the same stadium. Australia led New Zealand 22-10. Sure of a spot in the World Cup final, they were awarded a breakdown penalty. Leaning over the ruck, captain Gregan delivered the immortal sledge: “Four more years, boys. Four more years.”Defeat to England meant the Wallabies didn’t defend the crown they had taken in 1999 after beating France in the final in Cardiff. By then though, Gregan was well ensconced as his nation’s talisman.Back in 1994, just four matches into a 139-cap international career, the then-21 year-old wrote himself into Bledisloe Cup legend with a stunning try-saving tackle on All Black wing Jeff Wilson. Australia triumphed 20-16. Follow our Rugby World Cup homepage which we update regularly with news and features.Also make sure you know about the Groups, Warm-ups, Dates, Fixtures, Venues, TV Coverage, Qualified Teams by clicking on the highlighted links.Finally, don’t forget to follow Rugby World on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Rugby’s Greatest: George Smith Australia always seem to raise their game for… Australia Rugby World Cup Fixtures, Squad, Group, Guide Gregan’s first and last World Cups in 1995 and 2007 would also end in a knockout loss to England. However, his precise distribution and mathematical game management in partnership with fly-half Stephen Larkham, including a defence-splitting reverse pass close to the breakdown, brought huge success in the interim. George Gregan of Australia Australia Rugby World Cup Fixtures, Squad, Group, Guide Expandcenter_img Rugby’s Greatest: John Eales Rugby’s Greatest: John Eales Collapse Rugby’s Greatest: George Smith That superb half-back pairing appeared together 79 times for Australia and helped the Brumbies to the 2001 and 2004 Super 12 titles.Fierce dedication was a cornerstone of Zambia-born Gregan’s longevity, and he spent his twilight years between Toulon and Japanese side Suntory Sungoliath.Eddie Jones summed up the No 9’s achievements when Gregan reached 100 Tests against South Africa in 2004. “Anyone who plays 100 caps at 80 kilograms has got to have something going for him,” he said. “He’s just got incredible mental focus.” Major teams: Brumbies, Toulon, Suntory SungoliathCountry: AustraliaTest span: 1994-2007Australia caps: 139 (133 starts)Test points: 99 (18T, 3DG) John Eales’s influence on rugby was so profound… TAGS: The Greatest Players LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALSlast_img read more

TUESDAYS “READERS FORUM”

first_imgWHAT ON YOUR MIND TODAY?FOOTNOTES: Our next “IS IT TRUE” will be posted on this coming WEDNESDAY ?Todays “primary election polling question is: Are you pleased that CORE is becoming active once again in order to hold elected officials accountable?Please take time and read our newest feature articles entitled “HOT JOBS” and “LOCAL SPORTS” posted in our sections.If you would like to advertise in the CCO please contact us City-County [email protected] 2015 City County Observer. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributedFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img

Neymar sets up two goals as PSG cruise into League Cup final

first_imgThis was PSG’s second cup match in three days and coach Thomas Tuchel continued to shuffle his squad.Neymar and Kylian Mbappe, who were unused substitutes as PSG won in the French Cup at Lorient on Sunday, started while Mauro Icardi and Angel di Maria who began that game, shivered on the bench on a below-freezing evening in Champagne country.The home team, lying eight in Ligue 1, 20 points behind PSG, also made changes from its last league game, as coach David Guion reshuffled his midfield.Neymar set up the first goal for his fellow Brazilian Marquinhos, another star brought back after a coach-enforced rest, after nine minutes.Marquinhos, playing in central defence and as captain, raced in to meet an outswinging Neymar corner.He outleaped the static Reims defenders and his powerful downward header had rebounded into the roof of the net before goalkeeper Predrag Rajkovic could get close to it.After 31 minutes, Neymar again aimed for Marquinhos with an in swinging free kick.When the centre-back missed the ball it caught the man marking him, Alaixys Romao, by surprise and he nodded it toward goal where fullback Ghislain Konan sliced the ball into his own net.Marquinhos showed his appreciation after Neymar set up his goal at ReimsRead Also: Chelsea target axed by PSG after handing in transfer requestNeymar, who produced a combative display, and Mbappe, booked for a late handball, played the full 90 minutes even though the game was settled by the 77th minute.After 73 minutes, Reims midfielder Marshall Munetsi received a straight red card for scything down Marco Verratti.Four minutes later, substitute Nianzou Kouassi forced a rebound over the line to put PSG, eliminated in the quarter-finals last year, three up and sure of a place in the final.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… PSG will face Lyon, who beat Lille on penalties on Tuesday, in the final at the Stade de France on April 4. Neymar set up the first two goals with curling set pieces as Paris Saint-Germain won their French League Cup semi-final 3-0 away to Reims on a chilly Wednesday night.Advertisement Promoted Content7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table TopCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way6 Stunning Bridges You’ll Want To See With Your Own EyesThe 10 Best Secondary Education Systems In The World7 Breathtaking Train Stations Around The GlobeTop 10 Most Romantic Nations In The WorldBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made7 Facts About Black Holes That Will Blow Your MindTop 10 Most Iconic Characters On TV5 Reasons Why The Black Widow Solo Movie Will Be Awesomelast_img read more

Malcolm Regisford provides Colgate needed versatility at center

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on December 7, 2015 at 9:22 pm Contact Jack: [email protected] When a pair of Colgate centers left the team this offseason for unknown reasons, it left the Raiders depleted of a true center. But to head coach Matt Langel, there’s no such thing.“The way the game of basketball is being played,” Langel said, “there aren’t necessarily defined positions anymore … while we don’t have an old fashioned 7-foot, back to the basket center, we try to recruit guys who can be versatile.”Rising juniors Jack Fleming, John Fenton and Wyatt Hagerty are no longer with the team. Fleming transferred after the season to Rollins College, while Fenton and Hagerty left the team for personal reasons. All big men, Colgate is left with two freshmen that play the five.Of the 10 players from last year’s team that aren’t on the 2015-16 roster, three of them were centers and eight were taller than 6-foot-4. Colgate brought in a six-man freshman class that didn’t include a player that played the center position in high school. Heading into Tuesday’s matchup with Syracuse (6-2) in the Carrier Dome, the Raiders (2-5) will rely on versatility to fill the void of a natural center.“It’s going to be a big task for us,” senior Austin Tillotson said. “If we can control the boards, we have a pretty good chance. You never know.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSix-foot-eight freshman Malcolm Regisford is leading Colgate in rebounds, averaging nearly seven per game. Because he signed his commitment to Colgate late in the process, he was aware of the players who wouldn’t be returning to the team and his opportunity to play big minutes for the Raiders opened up.“I was just ready to work hard,” Regisford said. “I was ready to play wherever the coaches needed me to be for us to be successful.”The freshman, who is listed as both a forward and a center on the Colgate website, didn’t play the role of a true center in high school. He spent a lot of time close to the basket as one of the bigger players on the team, filling the role of a “big,” he said.Regisford fills the vacancy of Colgate’s lack of a true five. He’s as close as the Raiders will get to having someone who can match up against the likes of SU’s Dajuan Coleman and Tyler Lydon.“He can move like 6’11’’ guys,” Tillotson said. “The way he uses his low center of gravity, he should definitely be considered a true center.”Tillotson knows Regisford can improve, but is adapting well to being thrown into the fire in his first season.Tillotson works with Regisford on developing a jump shot, saying that he will continue to improve with experience. Tillotson also mentioned that Regisford is pushed by fellow freshman Dana Batt.Batt, who has only accumulated four points and 16 rebounds in limited minutes this season, is a 6-foot-9 center who provides intermittent depth when Regisford isn’t on the court.Even without experience or height at center, the Raiders have held their ground on the boards for the most part this year and have been outrebounded by less than four boards per game.The Orange has been outrebounded by a margin of just over three per game, dealing with similar issues with a lack of depth at center.SU plays two centers. Chinonso Obokoh has played limited minutes in four of Syracuse’s eight games this season and Dajuan Coleman has started every game for the Orange. Coleman is still shaking off the rust from a two-year absence.And just like the Orange, Colgate is working with youth at the position to make up for a lack of depth. It may put the Raiders further behind than they already are, but it’s the only thing at its disposal.“We’re a young team,” Regisford said, “working hard, trying to get better everyday.” Commentslast_img read more

UKGC digital compliance lead Richard Bayliss joins Playtech Plc

first_img Share StumbleUpon Related Articles Jason Ader – No Boogeyman… Activism will play a vital part in reshaping gambling August 20, 2020 FTSE-listed gambling technology provider Playtech Plc has confirmed the appointment of Richard Bayliss as its new Regulatory Compliance Manager.Bayliss joins Playtech’s group compliance team, from the UK Gambling Commission where he served as the UKGC’s Senior Online Manager (2006-2018).In his new role Bayliss will be a key corporate stakeholder in leading the direction of Playtech’s group responsible gambling initiatives and strategy.Confirming the appointment Ian Ince, Group Head of Regulatory Affairs, Playtech, said: “Everyone at Playtech is delighted to welcome Richard. With a wealth of experience with UKGC, his insight will be a major bonus as we strive to stay at the forefront of regulatory compliance developments. I’m certain he will be an invaluable addition to the team.“A commitment to promoting responsible gambling and fostering a safe and entertaining environment for players is central to everything we do at Playtech. Richard’s appointment and his enthusiasm for joining Playtechdemonstrate the strength of that commitment, and is a key part of our ongoing investment in exceeding regulatory expectations.”During his 11 years with the UK Gambling Commission, Bayliss played a central role in monitoring technological and product innovation within the UK’s gambling sector and assessing potential impacts on the British regulatory system.Richard Bayliss commented on joining Playtech Plc: “After more than a decade assessing the regulatory impact of technological developments in the industry, I’m looking forward to seeing some of these developments first-hand in my new role. Playtech has long had a reputation as a major innovator in online gambling, and I’m very excited to be joining the team.”– Submit Retail closures have ‘severe’ impact on Playtech August 5, 2020 Share Playtech goes live in the US with bet365 August 7, 2020last_img read more