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New Zealand’s Linda
Villumsen powered to victory
in the road cycling world
championship individual time
trial overnight, claiming the title
that had always eluded her.
Twice runner-up and three-
times a bronze medallist,
Villumsen finally got to the
top of the podium with a time
of 40min 29.87sec over the
challenging 29.9km course.
Dressed all in black and
riding a stealth black bike,
Villumsen had looked set for
a commanding victory until
Dutchwoman Anna van der
Breggen provided a late fright,
crossing 2.54sec behind to take
Defending champion Lisa
Brennauer of Germany had to
settle for the bronze.
“I was getting used to being
second and third and fourth
and fifth but then it was just
a day where everything went
my way and I started to believe
maybe halfway through,” said
“I just gave what I could and
felt really good all the way. I felt
maybe this was my day.”
Danish-born Villumsen won
her first bronze medal competing
for Denmark at the 2009 worlds
and the next four years won
medals for New Zealand, silver
in 2011 and 2013 and two more
bronze in 2010 and 2012.
The 30-year-old signalled her
gold medal intentions early.
going out in the last wave,
Villumsen went on the attack
and by midway had the best time
by nearly 11sec.
Not satisfied, Villumsen
stormed through the last
kilometres coming home with a
26sec lead with only eight riders
still on the course.
“ I really can’t believe it. It
is an incredible feeling,” said
Villumsen. “ It’s difficult being on
the finish line and nearly there
and not quite there.
“ But it all played out my way
“ Usually I fade out a little bit
but today I was stronger at the
distance. When I was halfway
and I felt I wasn’t empty, I still
had something in the tank, I was,
okay, this is going well.”
For much of the day it
appeared 42-year-old American
Kristin Armstrong might write
the feel-good ending.
Coming out of retirement for
the chance to race at home, the
two-time defending Olympic
champion in the discipline set
the early target of 40:50.45.
Just the second rider out onto
the course, the 2006 and 2009
world champion waited and
watched for over three hours
before the final riders challenged
her time and pushed her off the
podium into fifth place.
Wednesday, September 23, 2015
Sam Cane will captain the All Blacks in
their World Cup pool game against Namibia
on Friday (NZ time), an honour that could
be the first of many for him.
Aged 23 and eight months, Chiefs flanker
Cane will be the fifth youngest All Blacks
captain ever. He will take over that ranking
and the captain’s role from Richie McCaw,
who was aged 23 and 10 months when
he first captained the team in November
The youngest All Blacks test captain was
Canterbury first-five Herbie Lilburne who
was 21 years three months old when he
captained the team in 1929.
For Cane, the honour of leading out the
team on to London’s Olympic Stadium is a
continuation of his important leadership role
at the All Blacks, with coach Steve Hansen
saying he had the potential to be a long-
“It’s a very special moment for 23-year-old
Sam Cane who will captain the All Blacks
for the first time,” Hansen said. “ He’s in
our leadership group, is hugely respected by
everyone, is a fierce and fearless player and
is someone who has the potential of being
a long-term captain of the All Blacks in the
Kieran Read, who, like McCaw has been
named on a very experienced reser ves
bench for the test, is likely to take over the
captaincy long-term once his Crusaders
mate retires at the end of the year. But Cane
is likely to play back-up and, while the 20th-
ranked Namibia are likely to struggle to
keep pace with the All Blacks from the first
whistle, he will probably look back on this
match as a defining moment in his career.
As expected, Hansen has given starting
roles to almost every player not involved in
the team’s hard-fought 26-16 victory over
Argentina at Wembley.
Beauden Barrett, who shone as a
replacement at fullback, will start at No 10,
with Colin Slade starting at fullback.
Julian Savea and Nehe Milner-Skudder
retain their places on the wings, with Sonny
Bill Williams and Malakai Fekitoa starting
in what looks a powerful midfield.
In the pack, only lock Sam Whitelock
retains his place. The front row of Ben
Franks, Codie Taylor and Charlie Faumuina
has pace, power and skill, and lock Luke
Romano will be looking for ward to his first
World Cup match after missing selection for
the Pumas match.
Experienced players Tony Woodcock,
Keven Mealamu Ma’a Nonu and Ben Smith
have also been named on the eight-man
bench which includes almost twice as many
test caps as the starting XV.
“At the completion of this match, 30
of the 31 players in our squad will have
experienced time in the middle of the park
which will give us a good foundation base
going for ward and which was always part of
our planning pre-tournament,” Hansen said.
“It ’s now their time to step up.
“Five of our team will also be playing their
first Rugby World Cup match so it’ll be
a significant moment for them and their
families as well.”
Hansen added: “ The Namibian players
will be excited by it too and it will be a great
occasion at The Stadium on Thursday.”
All Blacks team to play Namibia at the
Olympic Stadium on Thursday, kick-off 7am
NZT is: Colin Slade, Nehe Milner-Skudder,
Malakai Fekitoa, Sonny Bill Williams, Julian
Savea, Beauden Barrett, T J Perenara,Victor
Vito, Sam Cane (c), Liam Messam,
Sam Whitelock, Luke Romano, Charlie
Faumuina, Codie Taylor, Ben Franks.
Reser ves: Keven Mealamu, Wyatt
Crockett, Tony Woodcock, Kieran Read,
Richie McCaw, Tawera Kerr-Barlow, Ma’a
Nonu, Ben Smith.
— NZ ME -New Zealand Herald
WORLD CUP RUGBY
A Greymouth rugby referee reaped
the rewards of his sport when he won
numerous awards at the Canterbury referees
prizegiving at the weekend.
John Whitcombe, who is studying at the
University of Canterbury, won the award for
the most improved Metro referee.
He shared the award for the highest pass
mark by a first time passer in the New
Zealand Rugby law exam, and topped the
evening off when he was presented with the
Allan Bateman Memorial Cup for the Most
Promising Referee in Canterbury.
Canterbury Rugby Football Union referee
education officer Lyndon McKendry, said
the Canterbury Rugby Referees Association
(CRRA) selectors were impressed with
“He is very composed at all levels, he
handles intense situations well and has
fantastic man management, easily able to
communicate and get along with people
from all walks of life.”
Whitcombe gave up playing this year to
concentrate on refereeing which has allowed
him to concentrate on, and develop, his
He referees regularly at division two and
colts premier level in Christchurch at a very
McKendry said Whitcombe’s hard work
has been rewarded with his promotion to
premier two panel in Christchurch Metro.
Whitcombe has been seen of the rugby
fields on Greymouth of late when he has
been running the line in the Heartland West
Coast team’s matches as well has taking
control of senior matches when he is home.
McKendry said refereeing senior West
Coast games had been a huge benefit to
“This year he passed the New Zealand
Rugby Union law exam for the first time
with a pass of 88%. He has been a member
of the CRRA Academy and has taken the
opportunities put in front of him through
the academy to improve himself,” McKendry
Whitcombe began refereeing when he
attended the You Make the Call refereeing
course in Christchurch during school when
he was still at John Paul II High School.
McKendry said Whitcombe was proof
that refereeing rugby was a good sport to
get involved in and encouraged other young
people to take it up.
John Whitcombe with the Allan Bateman
Memorial Cup, which he won for the
most promising referee at the Canterbur y
referees awards evening at the weekend.
Greymouth rugby referee wins awards
Villumsen claims elusive world title
PICTURE: Getty Images
Anna Van der Breggen of the Netherlands, left, Linda Villumsen
of New Zealand, centre, and Lisa Brennauer of Germany stand on
the podium for the Women’s Elite Individual Time Trial at the
UCI Road World Championships in Richmond, Virginia.
South Sydney players Aaron
Gray and Dylan Walker are
on the road to recovery after
overdosing on prescription drugs,
but their near-death experience
has prompted calls for a national
debate on the issue.
Rabbitohs chief executive John
Lee said the players were now
free of medical equipment which
was supporting them after their
“They’ve gone from critical to
stable and now I can report that
their condition is even better,
it ’s good,” Lee told Sky Sports
Radio. “ Both the players are very
alert. They ’re communicating
with medical staff and with their
Both had undergone post-
season surgery — Walker on his
left hand and Gray on his right
knee — and were on painkillers.
However, energy drinks were
also found at the unit and police
and the NRL are now awaiting
the results of a toxicology report.
“It was a very serious matter. If
circumstances had been different,
if there hadn’t been another
person at the unit we might
have been talking about a totally
different event today,” said Lee.
Rabbitohs players recovering after overdose
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