All Blacks give Wallabies ‘no chance’
Police kill ex-EPL player
SYDNEY - Coach Michael Cheika fired up the war of words with his New Zealand counterpart Steve Hansen yesterday, saying the All Blacks rate the Wallabies as having no chance of winning this weekend’s Rugby Championship opener.
The Wallabies are the defending Rugby Championship title holders but have won just one of their last 13 encounters with the world champions.
On arrival in Sydney at the weekend, Hansen was told Cheika had suggested he faced some interesting All Blacks selection decisions and responded by saying the Wallabies coach had enough problems of his own to worry about.
Cheika hit back yesterday as the tensions began to rise ahead of Saturday’s Test in Sydney, which also doubles as a Bledisloe Cup match. “I don’t know what he’s upset about,” Cheika told reporters. “It’s up to him. For us, I think we know how we’re thought of.
“We know they think we’re no chance to do anything and they’re validated, I suppose, we haven’t beaten them for ages in the series so it’s understandable that they would think that.”
The Wallabies have a 13-year Bledisloe Cup drought and New Zealand’s rugby ascendancy remains a thorn in Australia’s side.
“We’ve been working hard for a few weeks to get ourselves together,” Cheika said.
“We’ll just get our stuff together and do our absolute best when we get out there on Saturday night.”
The Wallabies are coming into the Rugby Championship on the back of a 3-0 home series loss to England, while the All Blacks won all three Tests of their home series against Wales in June.
Cheika said he had worked on building belief among the Wallabies, but the All Blacks provided the ultimate test for his players.
“We’ve come off the back of a fair few years of indifferent performances,” Cheika said.
“Over the last 18 months we’ve been trying to build it (belief) in not just the guys who are starting, but in the bigger group of players.
“When you are doing that you will come up against resistance sometimes or things that may not go right, but that doesn’t mean you stop, you’ve got to push through it.
“You need mental fortitude and there’s no better place to test mental fortitude than against New Zealand.”
South Africa face Argentina in the other opening round match of the Rugby Championship in Nelspruit on Saturday.— Sport24. TELFORD — A former Premier League footballer has died, three of his former clubs said yesterday, following reports he was shot with a Taser by police.
Dalian Atkinson died around 90 minutes after a Taser was used on him by police officers, Britain’s Press Association reported. Local police said in a statement that officers had been called to an address in central England amid concerns “for the safety of an individual.”
Sheffield Wednesday, Aston Villa and Ipswich all paid their respects to Atkinson in posts on their websites. Wednesday confirmed the 48-year-old’s death after becoming satisfied that Atkinson was the man who died.
England’s Football Association said it was “saddened to hear of the passing” of Atkinson, who represented England’s ‘B’ team.
Forensic officers were at the property in question in Telford yesterday and the road remained cordoned off.
Police said a man received medical attention after officers used a Taser when they arrived in the early hours of yesterday.
“An ambulance was dispatched and upon arrival found a man who had been Tasered,” said the West Midlands Ambulance Service, which added that the man’s condition deteriorated as he was being taken to hospital and he went into cardiac arrest.
“Despite the efforts of the crew and hospital staff, it was not possible to save him and he was confirmed dead at hospital, shortly after arrival.”
The incident has been referred to the Independent Police Complaints Commission.
The IPCC currently is investigating the death of another British person, former soldier Spencer Beynon, in June following the use of a Taser by police.
Atkinson scored 20 Premier League goals during his time at Aston Villa from 1991-95. He also played for Ipswich, Wednesday and Manchester City in England, and had spells with Real Sociedad in Spain, Fenerbahce in Turkey and also in South Korea.
Atkinson was most famous for a scoring a goal for Villa against Wimbledon in October 1992, when he ran from inside his own half, evaded a number of attempted challenges before chipping the ball over the goalkeeper and into the net. It was voted as goal of the season in the 1992-93 Premier League. — BBC.
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