All Blacks give Wal­la­bies ‘no chance’

Po­lice kill ex-EPL player

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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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