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Newly-appointed Green Prescription co-ordinator with the West Coast Primary Health Organisation (PHO), Nik Cumming,
shows his support for the All Blacks as the World Cup kicks off tomorrow. The reception area at the PHO Greymouth office has
been decked out in black and white and staff have thrown down a challenge for other workplaces to do the same in support of the All
Blacks. Mr Cumming’s role is to support people to “get active and improve their health”.
PICTURE: Viv Logie
Healthy suppor t for All Blacks
An extraordinary last-minute
try to centre Matt Faddes gave
Otago a 37-36 Championship
victory in the rain and wind-
All the statistics and
momentum were against the
visitors, who seemed to be out
of the game until a yellow card
to flanker Ardie Savea with five
minutes to play. They scored two
tries in that time.
A brilliantly instinctive play by
Savea looked to have sealed this
championship clash in the 72nd
minute. He drove over after
latching onto a kick, and
was his usual pest at the
breakdown, but then came
his costly card.
The win prevented the Lions
going to the top of the ITM
Cup Championship table in
place of Hawke’s Bay.
These two franchise base
unions have strangely not played
since 2012, so Otago regained
the Mike Gibson Memorial
A surfeit of possession in the
second spell told for Wellington,
and they secured the bonus
Otago continued where they
left off against Auckland on
Sunday. The cleaned rucks,
made their tackles, ran hard and
generally played with the sort
of intensity you don’t expect
from the lower reaches of the
No 8 Mika Mafi powered over
for the first try, while Faddes
pounced on a loose Cory Jane
pass for his five pointer. The
former All Black, who was at
fullback, was already in credit,
though, via a sweet flick pass to
set up his blindside flanker Vaea
Fifita. Another former All Black,
lock Jeremy Thrush, was heavily
involved in an industrious
Wellington pack effort.
The Lions hauled themselves
back into the contest right on
halftime when prop Jeffery
Toomaga-Allen scored to reduce
the gap to five.
There was a plenty of niggle
among the packs.
Wellington have nine days until
their next outing, at Waikato on
Sunday week, while Otago are at
home to Southland.
Wellington 36 ( Jeffery
Toomaga-Allen 2, Vaea
Fifita, Ardie Savea tries; Jason
Woodward 2 con, 4 pen). Otago
37 (Matt Faddes 2, Mika Mafi,
Naulia Dawai tries; Peter Breen 4
con, 3 pen). Half-time: 18-23.
— N ZM E-New Zealand Herald
seals Otago win
PICTURE: New Zealand Herald
Otago players celebrate Matt Faddes’ match-winning try.
Craig Philpott is the new assistant coach of
the New Zealand under-20 rugby side.
The current Hawke’s Bay Magpies coach
replaces Counties Manukau coach Tana
Umaga, following his appointment as the
Blues head coach.
The former Canterbury lock joins the
coaching team headed by Canterbury head
coach Scott Robertson, who guided New
Zealand to the under-20 championship title
in Italy in June.
“Craig will bring a massive amount of
expertise with him to the coaching group,”
Robertson said. “ With his leadership and
teaching skills and his ability to get the best
out of young players, he will be a huge asset
to our programme.”
Philpott will take up his role later this
year to help prepare New Zealand under-20
for the 2016 championship to be held in
Manchester, England. The first camp of the
2016 campaign will be held in late November
in Palmerston North.
Philpott said he was looking for ward to the
challenge of working with an important high
performance team that plays a key role in
building depth in the game in New Zealand.
“ I have a passion for learning. In working
with the coaching and management staff, w e
will constantly be challenging ourselves and
the players to be ‘better than before’.
“As current world champions, it’s essential
that we continue to raise the performance
bar as other sides will certainly be doing so.
I’m really looking for ward to playing my
part in helping New Zealand under-20 keep
evolving its approach so we can stay ahead
of the competition. ”
— New Zealand Herald
Fifa has suspended its top
official Jerome Valcke and ordered
an investigation into alleged
unethical conduct, throwing
world soccer’s scandal-scarred
governing body into further
Valcke, Fifa’s secretary general
for the past eight years under
President Sepp Blatter, was hours
earlier the subject of allegations
over a deal for 2014 World Cup
ticket sales on the blackmarket.
“Fifa today announced that
its Secretary General Jerome
Valcke has been put on leave and
released from his duties effective
immediately until further notice,”
it said in a brief statement which
did not specify details.
“Further, Fifa has been made
aware of a series of allegations
involving the secretary general
and has requested a formal
investigation by the Fifa Ethics
Committee.” A call to Valcke’s
mobile phone was not answered
Earlier Thursday, a former Fifa
ticketing partner made allegations
about being supplied by Valcke to
sell top-tier World Cup tickets at
three times face value.
The marketing executive, Benny
Alon, also made an unproven
allegation that Valcke had been
prepared to profit personally from
the deal. Valcke was expected to
deny the allegations.
— New Zealand Herald
Fifa suspends top official Jerome Valcke
Philpott named new NZ U20 assistant coach
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