Women's World Twenty20: Australia's Tayla Vlaeminck takes a "staggering" catch v India

Australia's Tayla Vlaeminck takes a "staggering" catch on debut to dismiss India's Veda Krishnamurthy in the ICC Women's World Twenty20 group B game.

18-11-2018

'Rugby's like a chessboard with 120kg pieces' - how virtual reality could transform training

Painstaking research, virtual reality and holding the tackle bags in training... an insight into how a top rugby analyst operates.

18-11-2018

Co-captain Owen Farrell helps navigate England through choppy waters | Gerard Meagher

When Farrell came off the bench against a dangerous Japan Eddie Jones’s side were given directionEddie Jones recently explained that Owen Farrell is not the kind of player to be wrapped in cotton wool. He may want to think again. If this victory, ultimately comprehensive but anything but comfortable, told us anything it is that England’s reliance on Farrell remains almost total; going into next year’s World Cup without him is unthinkable.It would be harsh on the eye‑catching performances of Kyle Sinckler and Sam Underhill from the bench, perhaps on the endeavour of Maro Itoje and Courtney Lawes, too, to say that Farrell swung the match in England’s favour single‑handed but the biggest factor was without doubt his introduction and the bloody-mindedness he brought. He came on at half-time – it is easy to imagine Jones had little say in the matter – and immediately gave England purpose. Continue reading...

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Women's World Twenty20: Big-hitting Mandhana & Kaur help India beat Australia by 48 runs

India beat Australia by 48 runs in their last group game in Guyana to top Group B at the Women's World Twenty20.

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Gordon Taylor, football’s fattest cat, must go if PFA is to modernise | Daniel Taylor

Benevolent payments to ex-players are a fraction of Gordon Taylor’s salary and on issues from dementia to the abuse scandal the PFA’s leader has failed to leadWhat would your reaction be if I were to point out that in the past week Gordon Taylor has quietly passed the 40th anniversary since he took his place at football’s top table and set about the process of transforming himself from a barrel-chested winger at Bury, from the puddles and potholes of the old Third Division, into a life of establishment wealth?If you could put aside any cynicism, try not to dwell too long on the deficiencies of his organisation and overlook that it is traditionally he, not Richard Scudamore, who is the real Bagpuss of football’s fat-cat culture, it might even be possible to manage some grudging admiration for such a feat of longevity. Continue reading...

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Women's World Twenty20 highlights: India beat Australia & New Zealand thrash Ireland

Watch the best moments from day nine of the ICC Women's World Twenty20 as India beat Australia to top group B and New Zealand thrash Ireland within eight overs.

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Eddie Jones: ‘In the second half we finally got stuck in – that’s pleasing’

• England recover from poor first half to defeat Japan• Jones says he will miss departing RFU chief executiveEddie Jones has come out strongly in support of the RFU’s departing chief executive, placing his weight squarely behind Steve Brown, whose departure is thought to have been the result of political infighting. “He’s a really good guy,” said England’s head coach. “He has good skills and a nice manner and was very supportive of the team. I’ll certainly miss him, and I’m sure the organisation will miss him. But life moves on, and the RFU will keep pounding forward.”The RFU announced the departure on Friday, eliciting distress among much of the staff. The chairman, Andrew Cosslett, paid handsome tribute to Brown, but rumours abound that other sections of the organisation felt less well disposed. Continue reading...

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Marika Koroibete double helps off-colour Wallabies to victory in Italy

• Italy 7-26 Australia• Hosts have two tries disallowed with match scorelessAustralia survived an early scare before easing past Italy 26-7 in Padua on Saturday. Italy, chasing their first win against the Wallabies, had two early tries ruled out before Australia broke away with two of their own, one from the late addition Marika Koroibete and one from Taniela Tupou.Mattia Bellini scored a converted try at 21-0 down and the Australia scrum-half Will Genia added barely deserved gloss to the scoreline with a try near full-time. The Wallabies lost to Wales 9-6 last weekend in Cardiff, their eighth defeat in 11 tests, and were hoping for a convincing victory in Padua to get their groove back. Continue reading...

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Ryan Fraser fires Scotland close to Nations League promotion

• Albania 0-4 Scotland• Fraser 14, Fletcher 45pen, Forrest 55 67Scotland are within 90 minutes of promotion from the third tier of the Nations League after an emphatic 4-0 win over 10-man Albania at the Loro Borici Stadium in Shkoder.Ryan Fraser’s first international goal after 14 minutes gave the visitors the lead before home skipper Mergim Mavraj was sent off six minutes later by the referee, Vladislav Bezborodov, for a headbutt on Ryan Christie. Continue reading...

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Alex McLeish: Scotland players will be 'wrapped in cotton wool' for Israel test

Scotland boss Alex McLeish hopes for no further injuries as his depleted squad prepare to face Israel after thumping Albania.

18-11-2018

Scotland 20-26 South Africa: South Africa edge out Scotland in Murrayfield thriller

Watch highlights as 18 points from Handre Pollard helped South Africa to edge out Scotland 26-20 in their autumn international at Murrayfield.

18-11-2018

Michael Johnson: ‘I stopped counting after 42 rejected job applications’

A disillusioned Michael Johnson was ready to quit football when a kick up the backside from a friend and a Brendan Rodgers soundbite changed his life“I raced home,” Michael Johnson says as he recalls his cocktail of emotions after flying through the door of his Nottinghamshire home in June having just been appointed manager of Guyana. He remembers the overriding relief after a challenging conversation several years earlier that pulled on the heartstrings. It was with Pharrell, the eldest of his three boys.“I always said: ‘If you work hard in life, the one thing I’ll guarantee you is you’ll get your rewards.’ My son said: ‘You’re going out again?’ I said: ‘Yeah, yeah I’ve got to go. I’ve got this networking meeting.’ He goes: ‘But you haven’t got a job, have you?’ I said: ‘No, no, but it’s coming.’ Then he said: ‘But Dad, you said that if you keep going and working hard, that you’ll get a job you deserve. Why haven’t you got yours?’ Continue reading...

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