Rugby’s Greatest: John Eales

first_img TAGS: The Greatest Players Rugby World Cup Greatest Players Rugby World Cup Greatest Players He was echoing the thoughts of many.Follow Rugby World on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Australia always seem to raise their game for… Rugby’s Greatest: Martin Johnson Rugby’s Greatest: John EalesHis famous nickname Nobody, as in ‘nobody’s perfect’, is a myth because none of his mates call him that. But everything else you hear about the wonder that is John Eales is true.The Queenslander showed remarkable lineout athleticism at a young age, with England’s Paul Ackford highlighting the youngster’s ability to make space for himself in such a claustrophobic area shortly before the first of Eales’s 86 caps in 1991.Eales was just 20 when he made his Test debut and, though his scrum power and general mobility took a little while to develop, within months he was playing in a World Cup.Coach Bob Dwyer, who had quickly abandoned an experiment to turn him into a No 8, was vindicated by a series of outstanding performances. Together with Rod McCall, Eales won the lineouts 28-2 against Wales and his try-saving tackle on England fly-half Rob Andrew in the final drew gasps – 6ft 7in locks weren’t meant to do that! Expand Collapse LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Rugby’s Greatest: Martin Johnsoncenter_img Expand Towering presence: John Eales leads out the Wallabies before his penultimate Test, at Perth in 2001 (Getty) Major teams: Brothers, QueenslandCountry: Australia
Test span: 1991-2001Test caps: 86 (86 starts)Test points: 173 (2T, 31C, 34P) One of the greatest second-rows to play the… Australia Rugby World Cup Fixtures, Squad, Group, Guide Adam Hathaway takes a look at the best… His kicking had already come to notice with an amazing 45m drop-goal for his club Brothers. And a couple of blinding slip catches in a cricket match convinced Queensland coach John Connolly that Eales had the coordination to be a goalkicker – he was to kick 164 Test points, including the last-minute penalty that won the 2000 Bledisloe Cup. Named Wallaby captain at the start of the Greg Smith era in 1996, Eales was to lead his country 55 times – putting him ninth on the all-time list. His high point was a second world title back on British soil in 1999, when Eales became one of only six men at that point to achieve a World Cup double.He had time to beat the British & Irish Lions in 2001 before retiring as the most capped second-row in history, a record since surpassed.Wallaby team-mate Jason Little once said: “It got to the point where I thought Ealsey was going to kick off, catch it himself, go all the way, score the try and kick the goal.” Australia Rugby World Cup Fixtures, Squad, Group, Guidelast_img read more

Warrants yield €1.2 million worth of drugs for Limerick Gardaí

first_imgIs Aer Lingus taking flight from Shannon? Advertisement Limerick on Covid watch list Print Shannon Airport braced for a devastating blow Twitter TechPost | Episode 9 | Pay with Google, WAZE – the new Google Maps? and Speak don’t Type! Linkedin Previous articleChildcare workers upskilling ahead of reopeningNext articleGardaí prepared for extra vetting applications ahead of schools reopening David Raleigh Chief Superintendant Gerry Roche.Photo: Liam BurkeGARDAI have seized over €1.2 million worth of drugs from criminal groups in the city and county so far this year.More than half of all seizures (55 per cent) were for cocaine, a drug that has swamped Limerick and beyond in recent months, Limerick Post sources said.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Between January and June this year Limerick Gardaí conducted 195 search warrants under the Misuse of Drugs Act which yielded:* €686,825 Cocaine* €382,355 Cannabis* €86,675 Heroin* €40,035 Amphetamine* €18,606 Alprazolam* €15,240 Crack Cocaine* €8,560 MDMA* €455 Cannabis Resin* €355 Acid* €30 KetamineCrack cocaine use in Limerick has risen significantly over the last 12 months, and local addiction treatment service Ana Liffey is now distributing ‘crack pipes’ in a bid to stop addicts using unhygienic tools.“People can buy a rock of ‘crack’ (in Limerick) for €15, and a bag of heroin for €15, which is certainly less than what it was in previous years,” explained Tony Duffin, Chief Executive, Ana Liffey.“Cocaine-use across all sectors of society is on the increase,” explained Julie McKenna, a Limerick drug detox manager with NOVAS.“People going to their debs years ago were thinking of the hair, the dress, the nails, the tan and the handbag – Now they are factoring in the price of cocaine; that they need a couple of bags of cocaine for the night,” McKenna added.“We are back to trends pre the economic downturn of 2008, where it was as common to have a bag of ‘coke’ in your handbag as it was to have 20 cigarette.”As previously revealed in the Limerick Post, “cocaine supermarkets” are operating out of houses identified by gardai in the city environs.Duffin said they have seen a trend of a cohort of people in Limerick purchasing “crack cocaine and heroin together – known as a Speedball – and they’ll inject that.”This, along with mixing alcohol and cocaine, create obvious additional risks.Mixing alcohol and cocaine powder “metabolises in the body to create another drug called cocaethylene, which is more harmful than either (cocaine or alcohol)”.Northside Sinn Féin TD, Maurice Quinlivan, who is also Director of the Mid West Drugs and Alcohol Taskforce, said: “Cocaine is all over the place, it’s everywhere. We have never seen anything like it.”“Gardai are doing the best job they can do with the recourses they have,” he added.Head of the Limerick Garda Division, Chief Superintendent Gerry Roche, had increased resources in the Divisional Drugs Unit (DDU) last year, which has yielded significant results in gardai removing deadly drugs from the streets.center_img WhatsApp Local backlash over Aer Lingus threat TAGSCommunityCrimeLimerick City and CountyNews Housing 37 Compulsory Purchase Orders issued as council takes action on derelict sites NewsCrime & CourtWarrants yield €1.2 million worth of drugs for Limerick GardaíBy David Raleigh – July 30, 2020 585 RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Email Facebooklast_img read more

Tony Odds & Ends: Hedwig Heading to London & More

first_img View Comments Here’s a quick roundup of stories from the Tony winners in the press room that you may have missed at the 69th Annual Tony Awards tonight. JCM Says Hedwig is Heading to LondonFrom East Germany to New York to London…Special Tony Award winner John Cameron Mitchell revealed to that the Tony-winning Hedwig and the Angry Inch is “definitely coming to the West End.” And who will play our favorite internationally ignored song stylist? They are “trying to get the right person.” Cryptically he revealed that the “person isn’t a Brit…but could very well be.” All we can say is, the U.K. is so ready for you to bring it home, Sugar Daddy!Helen Mirren Has Her Eye on the EGOT!Dame Helen Mirren was the first big celeb of the night to stop by the press room. With her Tony win for The Audience, she is now one Grammy short of becoming a member of the exclusive EGOT club. “I really want a Grammy!” she (jokingly?!) admitted. “I have to do an audiobook of some sort.” She doesn’t think she’ll play the Queen again—“I’m sure Her Majesty is sick to the teeth with me.” After saying she loved the Big Apple for its naked cowboys (really) she left clutching a vodka gimlet. There is nothing like a Dame!Fun Home’s FutureThe world is Tony-winning Best Musical Fun Home ‘s oyster! Director Sam Gold told that: “I can’t confirm or deny Fun Home is coming to London.” The producers, however, later said that there had been “several sorts of conversations” about the transfer and it was now “probably looking good!” That’s not all…They hope to bring the musical to “any country any language.”Curious on the Big Screen?Could the Tony and Olivier-winning The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time be adapted for the big screen? The play’s Tony-winning director Marianne Elliott revealed that “Warner Brothers have the rights so it’s up to them.” However, the show’s playwright, Simon Stephens, told that it won’t be him penning the screenplay. He “loves” plays and theater so that’s what he’ll remain focussed on…and that’s what we love to hear!PS Non-Twitter user Something Rotten’s Christian Borle revealed “I troll [Laura] Benanti on Twitter” (we all do!), The King and I’s Ruthie Ann Miles’ advice to her teenage self is: “don’t be a dentist,” and our favorite quote of the night came from Curious’ Alex Sharp: “I’ve won it for my character and for people like Christopher and the people who he represents.”last_img read more

Trauma Tuesday: Pogo Wipeouts

first_imgThe pogo stick, first popularized around 1920, has been a staple in the growing-up lives of kids across the world. While most opt to pogo recreationally, a recent resurgence in the sport has combined the old-days bouncing technique with some serious acrobatics.Trauma Tuesday: Pogo Wipeouts features a few clips of when pogo-ers rise…and when they fall.Asphalt daydream.Five minutes of pogo disasters.Show and tell?And in case you weren’t convinced that pogo is still popular.last_img

Importance of balancing sports and academics: Difficult but doable

first_imgRohan threw his school bag on his bed, freshened up and grabbed an apple, lifted his cricket kit and stormed out in a hurry. This took a total of 10minutes while his mom parked the car and was catching up with the friend next-door.”Keep drinking water, play well and come back as soon as the practice?” The elevator shut by the time she could complete her instruction. This was a daily drill for Rohan and he shook his head while battling with a series of emotions.How does Rohan feel?”My parents are great, but why do they always tell me what to do? It stresses me out.””Why does mom keep a tab on every minute of mine? She is over-scheduling me though I know that she wants me to focus on studies too.””It is like I’m never quite good enough; I can’t fully please my parents, either in sports or studies.”Rohan’s mom has her own set of thoughts:”By the time he is home, he will again be too tired to finish his homework.””What if he doesn’t turn out to be a good sports person and lags behind in studies too?””I hope he understands one day, that I am doing this for his own good!”Many children (and parents) go through similar emotional turmoil on a daily basis while trying to balance studies and sports. Chasing school project deadlines, finishing homework and keeping up with studies are the most strenuous forms of exercises that many students engage in while passionately honing their sports skills.advertisement”The mind wanders when doing essays, but if you develop a focus and use your time efficiently then it’s a very transferable skill,” says Stephen Baddley, Director of sport at the University of Bath. It had boasted 25 student competitors in the 2014 Commonwealth Games. (Trivia: If Bath University was a country, it would have ranked 11th overall in the same year).There are many research findings which highlight that children dabbling with both sports and academics are better focused, as discipline, concentration, and time-management learned through sports come handy.A research study conducted on Slovak athletes, strived to gain an understanding of the athletes’ attitudes towards education as well as perceived difficulties and supporting elements in pursuing dual career. The athletes experienced dual career as manageable as long as they were assisted, were provided with flexible arrangements and were supported by parents and peers (Geraniosova et al., 2014).Giving physical education and sports the requisite weightage in the school curriculum is not an easy task and the stakeholders (school principals, parents etc.) take time to accept sports at par with academics for their children.Often, having students involved in extracurricular activities like sports can pose a catch-22 situation as the benefits of sports for students comes with the demand for their time, thus sacrificing the time meant for “academic rituals”.Finding a balance between sports and academics is essential for the modern student, and our EduSports’ programmes and coaches, along with the teachers and parents, can play a pivotal role in providing the required support.Varsha Varman, a member of the Indian Shooting Team is gunning for the Rio Olympics, 2016 while balancing her academics at the prestigious Harvard University and she vouches that studies and sports go together for her. “I have found that I perform better when challenged to my maximum, and that comes through pushing myself in both Sports and Academics,” says Varsha. She acknowledges that her alma mater, St. Joseph’s Co-Ed School, Bhopal, played a great role in identifying her field of interest and shaping up her goals. Varsha Varman is one such emerging champion who has found her balance!How you can help students find the right balance:By introducing and implementing time-saving tips and their staunch support, parents, coaches and teachers can aid in finding the balance, not only in school and on the playing field, but in life. The following points should be noted in this regard:Help them prioritise: As with everything else in life, help the child to first make a list of her priorities. If her interest in sports is as strong as her interest in academics, then establish that she would have to give up on watching her favorite TV program and other things so that she has ample time to complete her homework and her academics do not take a backseat.For example, if there’s a test tomorrow and this afternoon’s team practice isn’t critical, that extra time can be utilised to study. However, if there’s an important athletic event the next day, studying can be postponed for the following night.advertisementHelp them in planning: Guide your child to get a grip on his time table or course schedule and help him answer the questions as he plans:How many hours will you need to finish your task?Can you catch up with studies during breaks or while travelling?Will you have enough free time to participate in other activities?There are some useful tools like a hard copy Planner or time management app to help him map out his sports and study schedule.Communicate and engage with them: While maintaining the importance of sports, help your child develop a positive attitude toward school and learning. Talking and listening play major roles in children’s school and sports success. Allow them to believe that they have a scope to commit mistakes and praise them when they deserve it; it will keep him motivated.Help your child answer questions that invariably bother him: How much is too much? Have I set high standards of achievement or am I setting unreasonable expectations?What should I enroll for and still balance academics and extra-curricular activities?Watch out for the warning signs: Sometimes balancing sports and academics becomes too difficult for the children even if they are willing to stretch themselves. Encourage them to take breaks, from both studies and sports, as it is also important for children to have unstructured time to just be kids.Remain alert and save the children from burn-outs if you come across signs such as:Sudden drop in gradesLack of motivation or poor attitude in the sportMaking excuses to skip practice or schoolPhysical illness when it’s time to participate in the sportAt their core, sports are fun for children but if the children stop having fun, it’s time to re-evaluate whether they should consider a new sport or stop altogether.Striking the right balance between academics and sports can be a thorn in the flesh and would require a team approach to achieve it. With the right help, guidance and communication from all parties involved, children can benefit from playing a sport, while still enjoying a quality academic experience by prioritising their interests and steering their lives in the right direction.If one were to tally the benefits from sports and academics, one would acquire organisational skills worthy of any professional manager through sports while academics would help in shaping up the fundamentals of one’s lifelong knowledge base.Balancing sports and academics is difficult, but it is possible. And it is totally worth it! After all, one should rather look back and say, “I can’t believe I did that” instead of saying, “I wish my life had interesting stories to tell.”Article authored by Saumil Majmudar, Co-founder and CEO, EduSportslast_img read more

RGIII Hype Building To A Crescendo As The Regular

He’s yet to take even his first NFL snap, but already Washington Redskins rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III is being mentioned with some pretty heady company.Teammate Joshua Morgan has seen fit to already liken the former Heisman Trophy winner to icons Tom Brady, Peyton Manning and Michael Vick.“I love him to death and can’t say enough great things about him,” the fifth-year wide receiver out of Virginia Tech was quoted as saying by a local sports website.“He came in so humble and so focused you don’t have any choice but to just rock with him,” Morgan said, which is also fine.“He’s as fast as Michael Vick but he can make all the throws that Peyton Manning can make and he can make all the reads Tom Brady can make,”Redskins coach Mike Shanahan didn’t exactly try to temper the expectations on the second overall pick of the April NFL Draft either, saying, “the NFL is not used to…a quarterback with his type of speed and his type of throwing ability, so I think we can do some things that people haven’t done.”RGIII has been impressive in the preseason, completing 65 percent (20 of 31) of his pass attempts for 193 yards and two touchdowns without an interception.In addition to his precision passing and nimble feet, Griffin II has shown a tremendous poise and command in the pocket that belays his youth.The Redskins gave up a lot to acquire him, trading up with the St. Louis Rams from the sixth slot to the second to take the highly productive Baylor quarterback.The move to land their franchise quarterback cost Washington its sixth overall pick in 2012, as well as its first-round picks in 2013 and 2014, and a second-round pick in 2012.RGIII signed a contract with the Redskins in July that is worth more than $21 million over four years, including a $13.8 million signing bonus. read more

National Trust Executives Pay Courtesy Call on Minister of State for Grand

first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, November 3, 2017 – Grand Bahama – Executives from The Bahamas National Trust paid a courtesy call on Minister of State for Grand Bahama, in the Office of The Prime Minister, Senator Kwasi Thompson, on Thursday, November, 2, 2017.   The courtesy call preceded a guest speaking engagement at Freeport Rotary Club by Deputy President of the Bahamas National Trust, Geoff Andrews, who flew in from Nassau for the special meeting and speaking engagement.Making a courtesy call on the Minister of State for Grand Bahama were (from left) Eric Carey, Executive Director of The Bahamas National Trust; Geoff Andrews, Deputy President (BNT); Minister Thompson; Lakeshia Anderson, BNT Director of Parks; and Ellsworth Weir, Grand Bahama Parks (BNT).  (BIS Photo/Andrew Miller) Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

Ninth annual Puppy Love 5K helps find homes for pets affected by

first_imgNinth annual Puppy Love 5K helps find homes for pets affected by hurricanes Dave Scott Dave Scott, 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsThe Helen Woodward Animal Center’s ninth annual Puppy Love 5K took place Sunday from the Embarcadero.The race, which featured people running with their dogs, included three adopted Hurricane Harvey rescue animals.Proceeds from the event will benefit efforts to help more Texas pets find homes after the hurricane. Posted: March 18, 2018 March 18, 2018 Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Dave Scotts World of Wonder St Paddys Day

first_img KUSI Newsroom, KUSI Newsroom March 17, 2019 Posted: March 17, 2019 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – KUSI’s Dave Scott takes a closer look at the background of Saint Patrick’s Day in his World of Wonder Dave Scott’s World of Wonder – St. Paddy’s Day Categories: Dave’s World Of Wonder, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more