Hames gets first start for All Blacks

first_imgHames comes in for the injured Joe Moody…. it will be his third Test.It’s an inexperienced propping duo starting with Nepo Laulala having played just six Tests.In other changes, lock Sam Whitelock, loosies Liam Squire and Sam Cane, halfback Aaron Smith, wing Rieko Ioane and centre Ryan Crotty return to the starting lineup.All Blacks Head Coach Steve Hansen said: “Our big focus this week has been about continual improvement, growing ourselves as a team, growing our game and how we want to play it, and how we want to play against different opposition.Sunday to Friday gives us the opportunity to look at ourselves individually and collectively and get better as a team. We need the games we are getting at the moment, we’ve had a bit of adversity, and that will only make us better.”Hansen said South Africa would be a dangerous beast this weekend.”They scrummage well, they attack well with the ball and their defence is getting better. So that’s basically the game. We know they’re a tough opponent – they’re always a tough opponent. There’s a long-standing history and rivalry between our two teams. We enjoy playing them, they play hard and it’s always competitive. But afterwards they’re always keen to catch up for a chat and a beer.”The All Blacks 23 (with Test caps in brackets) is:1. Kane Hames (2)2. Dane Coles (51)3. Nepo Laulala (6)4. Brodie Retallick (67)5. Samuel Whitelock (90)6. Liam Squire (11)7. Sam Cane (47)8. Kieran Read (103) – Captain9. Aaron Smith (64)10. Beauden Barrett (56)11. Rieko Ioane (6)12. Sonny Bill Williams (39)13. Ryan Crotty (29)14. Nehe Milner-Skudder (9)15. Damian McKenzie (4)16. Codie Taylor (22)17. Wyatt Crockett (64)18. Ofa Tu’ungafasi (7)19. Scott Barrett (10)20. Ardie Savea (19)21. TJ Perenara (36)22. Lima Sopoaga (10)23. Anton Lienert-Brown (16)last_img read more

Real Valladolid will not play again if it is “negative” for health

first_imgIn this context, David Espinar is pessimistic and fears that “until January there will be no public in the stadiums”, something that will have to be linked to the analysis of a possible remuneration to the subscribers of the part corresponding to the ‘lost’ subscription. This season, but also the next. Although it is something to be discussed in the future, the director of the presidential cabinet is clear on one thing: “The club is not going to abandon its subscribers.”Idle economy and projectsLaLiga, the RFEF and the CSD have reached a financing agreement to try to reduce the footprint of the crisis in football as a whole, although this is hardly enough. The alert is clear, like the forecast: the economy is going to be affected. “The soccer economy is a serious issue”, believes Espinar, who fears, however, that the return from training may have been “linked” to a “merely economic” issue, something he rejects. “Above is the health of athletes and people who will participate in training and games when competition resumes. I would not like to think badly,” he says.Despite the forecasts of a downward economy, Real Valladolid ruled out making an ERTE, offset by a possible salary reduction in case the League is not finished, agreed with the players and with the coaching staff and made their own by other levels of the club. With footballers, “collaboration is very close” and regular communication. In this sense, Espinar warns that “the club is not going to start any activity” if it understands that it may put the health of its employees at risk or their fans.However, it is clear that Real Valladolid is going to affect it economically, like the others. “If the worst case scenario is fulfilled, the club will see its income reduced by a very important percentage and projects that are not essential will have to be extended over time”, acknowledges David Espinar, who adds that “the club will continue to honor its subscribers and their history”, as it has been up to now, trying to be as sustainable as possible.Among his actions already undertaken is the roof of the stands of Los Anexos, which regrets that it cannot be enjoyed “immediately by fans and teams because of the pandemic.” However, “it was one of the pending accounts”, undertaken as soon as “the time and the budget” have allowed it to be launched. Those who go to the Promises, therefore, will have to wait. And they will also have to wait to see what happens to the Second Balthough the club’s vision is that “A competition with 98 clubs would weaken her further”. “The club has expressed its opinion to the Castilla y León Football Federation. We do not agree that so many teams join without decreases; we must balance. There are other proposed formulas, but focused on we are not in favor of promotions without descents“Espinar concluded, recalling that the subsidiary is in positions of a playoff that everything seems to indicate that it will be played. Despite the ‘closure’ of football, the activity of Real Valladolid does not stop. This has been confirmed David Espinar, director of the presidential cabinet, in an interview in the official media of the club in which he analyzed the situation in which the entity is in the face of the coronavirus crisis and showed his vision in circumstances such as the possible return to training or the possibility, almost reality, that the competition ends without an audience.It should be remembered that Real Valladolid rejected the possibility of carrying out tests to detect the disease, claiming that “there are people who need it more.” And he continues with the firm conviction that football should fight “because the tests could be extended to as many people as possible”. In case of return, LaLiga es is in favor of everyone having to go through these tests, something that Espinar accepts, although it continues to “hurt the fact that not everyone can pass it”, bearing in mind that “we must resume the activity of all industries and businesses”, but without forgetting that “we are living with a real disgrace”.The next step would be to continue with the protocol developed for the return to training, based on “many elements of control” that go through “a strict reduction in the number of people who accompany players in training sessions and games.” These guidelines outline four phases, from solo practice to return to collective work. “It would never be less than 15 days. In total the return would be contemplated in four or five weeks“considers Espinar, who believes that the Higher Sports Committee” is going to draw up a rather more general protocol “and surely close to the one they already have.In order to comply with said protocol, Real Valladolid “is already working on buying the necessary material and disinfecting the facilities”, something that “had started before”, seeking to comply with “all its indications and waiting to see how events unfold”. It is also “studying how the team will be concentrated” in the planned phase in which the staff, the technical staff and the medical staff must do so.Football without an audienceThe forecasts of the experts and those already transferred by the employers speak of months of football without fans in the stands, an idea that is not liked by the club. “It is very difficult for me to imagine a soccer stadium with the players, participating in that party, and that there is no public in the stands. It would be a disaster”, says David Espinar, although he understands “that football has to try to resume the activity as soon as possible”. “It is a disaster in the social aspect, reason why soccer contributes to the people, who are going to be deprived of something as important as the show. It is very difficult for me the scene that there are more than 200 games and it resumes under these conditions. They will be broadcast on television, but I’m not going to get used to it, “he adds.last_img read more