England advance while the spectre of the All Blacks lurk in the background

first_img TAGS: Highlight LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS But the way the fixtures pan out over the next few years it looks a shade of odds-on that Jones will be wearing the same grin for the at least 12 months that he wore in Sydney in June.Lucky general: Eddie Jones has had his breaks in a hugely successful start as England coachIf were a bookmaker you would have England as favourites to beat South Africa, Fiji, Argentina and Australia in the autumn internationals at Twickenham.The Twickenham brigade have not beaten the Boks since 2006, the closest they came was the 14-14 draw in Port Elizabeth in 2012, but they will fancy their chances this time around.The men with the satchels already have England as favourites to win the Six Nations Slam again, then, with the wind in the right direction on the tour to Argentina, Jones could theoretically be 20 from 20, unlikely but possible with visits to Cardiff and Dublin to come, and still not have played the best team in the world.There will surely be the odd hiccup along the way but England are a short price to still be ranked second in the world come 2018 but they would not been judged against rugby’s ultimate yardstick. And that will be nagging all of their supporters.First up: England haven’t beaten the Springboks since 2006That is great for your job security but the Australian is a shrewd and knows the big test of his team is to come. Some people bleat that we see too much of the southern hemisphere sides and the mystique of the old days has gone but in this case Jones could probably do with a game against New Zealand to see exactly where England are.As he said: “We want to be the No.1 team in the world, and we are miles away from the All Blacks. We’ve got to keep improving. It’s important the players understand they have to keep getting better. Eddie Jones’ England are not scheduled to play New Zealand until 2018 and that can be interpreted as good and a bad thing for the man in charge “New Zealand have been up there all the time and it’s about time someone put in a real challenge to them and we’re going to be the side to put the challenge to them.”Easier said than done and luckily, or unluckily depending how you view it, for Jones it won’t be coming in the foreseeable future. Napoleon famously said he would rather have lucky generals in his ranks than good ones and Eddie Jones definitely both falls into both categories in a rugby sense. He is a great coach, no denying that, but he has had the rub of the green since taking over the England job before Christmas. Gary Player the nine-time golf major winner always maintained that the harder he worked the luckier he got and Jones has a similar work ethic but he has hit the jackpot out on a few things.The Six Nations fixture list worked in his favour, with England’s two easiest away games coming first up, whilst he got used to his squad, and potentially the two toughest opponents arriving at Twickenham before the Grand Slam clincher in Paris.And the Australians had a few big guns missing as Dylan Hartley and co whitewashed them on the summer tour. Jones has also had a fair dollop of good fortune with injuries which can put down to luck or good management or a bit of both.On the way to glory: Jack Nowell takes on the French in the Grand Slam gameBut where he has had a massive dose of good luck is in the fixture list between now and the next World Cup or has he?Jones can do no wrong in English rugby at the moment. Barring a few barbed comments from Exeter’s Rob Baxter, about the national coach’s treatment of Henry Slade, it has all been sweetness and light and with the Test team, under Jones, nine from nine why wouldn’t it be?But he hasn’t played the All Blacks yet……..England have played New Zealand in Test matches 40 times and won just seven, the last coming in 2012 after 20 minutes of Manu Tuilagi-inspired mayhem. Clive Woodward’s team beat them twice and drew with them once but it is pretty thin pickings apart from that.And the good news for Jones is that his current squad only have to play the Kiwis once before the next World Cup – and that is not until 2018. But that is bad news as well.Wrecking ball: Manu Tuilagi skittled the All Blacks in 2012After the first two Bledisloe Cup matches, where New Zealand beat Australia 42-8 in Sydney and 29-9 in Wellington, the Welsh 3-0 series defeat earlier in the summer does not look half as bad as it did at the time, and England’s 3-0 win over the Wallabies does not look quite so good.The All Blacks are so far ahead of the rest of the rugby globe at the moment they are like Tiger Woods in golf in the early 2000s. The latest World Rugby rankings have the New Zealanders on 96.30 points, England miles behind on 89.49 and South Africa tucked in, in third, on 86.41 that is similar to the distance between Usain Bolt and the rest of the pack in the 200m in Rio. If England played Steve Hansen’s team at Twickenham in the autumn the visitors would be about 1-5 in the betting shops. The masters: New Zealand have been the team to beat in recent years last_img read more

South Pasadena Welcomes New City Finance Director

first_img Top of the News 2 recommendedShareShareTweetSharePin it Craig Koehler, a financial operations and management professional with extensive experience in the government sector, has joined the City of South Pasadena as its new Director of Finance. Koehler began today, August 6.Craig’s impressive skills and experience are a perfect fit for South Pasadena,” said City Manager Stephanie DeWolfe. “He has managed many complex budget projects throughout his career, and has demonstrated a strong commitment to financial transparency and open government. We are very pleased to have him on board.”In his new role, Koehler will oversee an annual municipal budget of $55 million and a staff of eight in South Pasadena’s Finance Department. He will be responsible for developing and implementing a long-range financial plan as identified in the City’s recently adopted strategic plan.Koehler most recently served as the interim Director of Finance for the City of Montebello and the Director of Financial Services for the City of Redondo Beach. He has held similar positions with the City of El Monte, the Jurupa Community Services District, and the Southern California Public Power Authority, among others.Koehler holds a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from Cal State University, Long Beach and has completed post-graduate studies in finance at UC Irvine. He holds certificates in budgeting and forecasting, financial modeling, bond credit analysis, civic engagement and communications. Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Community News Make a comment Government South Pasadena Welcomes New City Finance Director Koehler brings experience in municipal, public agency budget operations Published on Monday, August 6, 2018 | 4:24 pm EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Business News More Cool Stuffcenter_img Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Community News HerbeautyWhat’s Your Zodiac Flower Sign?HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty9 Of The Best Family Friendly Dog BreedsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyIs It Bad To Give Your Boyfriend An Ultimatum?HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty8 Gift Ideas Your New BF Will Definitely LikeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty’First Daughters’: From Cute Little Kids To Beautiful Young WomenHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Of The Most Notorious Female Spies In HistoryHerbeautyHerbeauty First Heatwave Expected Next Week faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPasadena Public WorksPasadena Water and PowerPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Subscribe Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenalast_img read more

Foyle Bridge partially closed following incident

first_imgPolice in Derry are advising that the Waterside bound carriageway of the Foyle Bridge is closed following a road traffic collision and drivers should seek an alternative route.The Cityside bound carriageway remains open. Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Google+ WhatsApp Twitter News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Pinterest Pinterest By News Highland – February 28, 2018 Facebook Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme center_img Twitter WhatsApp Foyle Bridge partially closed following incident RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Previous articleGarda patrols would serve Donegal better – Garda managementNext articleGovernment confirms doubling of fuel allowance News Highland Facebook Community Enhancement Programme open for applications Google+ Homepage BannerNews Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows last_img read more

Burst Football Ends Game, as Liberia Wins 4-1

first_imgIn a U-10 soccer league, named Country Cup of Nations, Liberia defeated South Africa 4-1 in the opening game at the Borough Sports Pitch, near Kapeh Street, Saturday in New Kru Town, Monrovia.Liberia’s goal-feast began through Blessing Wiaka and Patrick Weah with the second goal in a match that their side showed more purposeful to win against their opponents, South Africa, whose coach was Ms. Gloria Sackor. Coach Sackor showed unhappiness at the defeat, since her players were little bigger than their opponents.Though her side improved in their attacks and reduced the scores 1-2 through Obadiah Blay, Liberia increased their worries with the third goal through Archie Jah whose grounder beat goalkeeper Nicolas B. Chea in the post to end the first half 3-1.Back from recess, South Africa made several attempts to reduce the tally without success, despite a couple of replacements but it was the Liberian side that increased the scores to 4-1. But in a twist of fate, in a tournament that has no sponsors, and only one football, when the football burst after a shot with more minutes to go, the referee announced that the game was over.And interestingly there was no protest from South Africa and the players trooped off the field. The league continued yesterday with Egypt going against Ghana at 3:30pm, if the organizers were lucky to get a football, according to sports director Joseph Wallach.Liberia: Jacob Nagbe, Nurch Nagbe, Francis Doryen, Blessing Wiaka, Theo Wiaka, Patrick Weah, Archie Jah, Alfred Weah.South Africa: Nicholas B. Chea, Joseph Kamah, Abel Swen, Divide Floh, Christopher Nyondweh, Anthony Chea, Obadia Blay, Orlando Kortee and Coach Gloria Sackor.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

No time for outside activities

first_imgThey were 12-4, while the Patriots finished at 10-6. But New England has much more playoff experience and played a tougher, if not exceptionally challenging, schedule. That experience “helps a lot, but everyone in here knows the importance of this game,” Jacksonville defensive end Reggie Hayward said in his team’s locker room. “We understand that if we don’t win, we go home. Everyone has that sense of urgency.” Jaguars running back Fred Taylor thinks “there is an intensity change, but I think it’s a little bit hyped.” Byron Leftwich is set to start at quarterback for Jacksonville after missing the past six games with a broken ankle. For New England, linebacker Tedy Bruschi is “fine,” Belichick said, but is listed as questionable with a left calf injury that kept him out of last Sunday’s game against Miami. Bruschi worked out on the practice field with his teammates Tuesday and Wednesday. Afterward, Belichick did more planning. Watching Wednesday night’s Rose Bowl between USC and Texas, the nation’s top two college teams, wasn’t on his agenda. “Most of the college games that I’d watch are in the spring, in the college scouting process,” he said. “I don’t think I’ll be spending a lot of time watching that one.” His focus on Jacksonville extended to finding ways to motivate his team. He picked up on a theme sounded Tuesday by quarterback Tom Brady that the Patriots haven’t gotten the respect they deserve. “I agree with Tom, sure,” Belichick said. “I’m not really losing too much sleep over it. It doesn’t really matter what anybody else thinks about our team.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! They had plenty to cram in, because they’ve met just five times. Two of those games were in the playoffs and the last time they faced each other was Dec. 14, 2003. “I’m working hard. I’m staying late,” said tight end Christian Fauria, a two-time champion after reaching the playoffs just once in seven seasons with Seattle. “I told my wife, `Listen, don’t expect me home till later than usual.’ She’s like, `OK, I kind of know how it is now.”‘ Several Patriots said they don’t change their routines from the regular season. But Monty Beisel, in his first season with them after four years with Kansas City, notices a difference. Linebacker Larry Izzo made it clear there’s much more at stake than in the regular season. “Izzo’s calling guys on Monday saying, `Where are you at? I’m in the weight room early Monday morning. It’s playoff. Let’s go.”‘ Beisel said. “So there’s definitely an air of excitement.” That atmosphere stretches down to northern Florida where the Jaguars are preparing to play on the road as the biggest of the four underdogs in this weekend’s wild-card playoff games. FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Bill Belichick wasn’t going to waste time watching the Rose Bowl. One player told his wife he’d be coming home late. The Patriots are in the playoffs and preparation time is precious. center_img “I don’t think this is the time to go sledding, go out and take on a lot of new projects and model airplanes and all of that,” Belichick said Wednesday. He’s coaching a team trying to become the first to win three consecutive Super Bowls, and the playoff path starts Saturday night when New England hosts the Jacksonville Jaguars. Both ended their regular seasons last Sunday, so they have one less day than usual to get ready. last_img