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Former Warriors front-rower Justin
Morgan has been confirmed as a new
assistant coach to head coach Andrew
McFadden for the 2016 season.
Morgan will join the club after
finishing his commitments this
season as defensive coach at the
Melbourne Storm, following their
NRL preliminary-finals defeat to
the North Queensland Cowboys on
Morgan’s appointment is one of
a number of changes as part of the
Warriors restructured NRL football
department announced yesterday.
Former Warriors NYC and NRL
coach Tony Iro has been appointed to
fill the recently-advertised recruitment
and development manager’s role,
while Brendan Inkster is joining the
club from Manly as the NRL strength,
power and rehab manager.
“ We also have some changes in other
areas of the football department as a
result of our end of season reviews,”
“It’s exciting to sign a coach of
Justin’s calibre and experience,
especially with the work he has done
with the Storm as defensive coach. He
has coached extensively in the Super
League and the NRL and also had
time at our club as a player.
“The recruitment position is vital for
us. In Tony we have the ideal person
to fill it with his knowledge as an
NYC and NRL coach and also his
experience in high performance with
the New Zealand Rugby League and
“Brendan will benefit our NRL
players hugely. He has been part of
a great programme working with
Donny Singe at Manly, a club which,
like Melbourne, has an impressive
record over a long period of time.”
Morgan made 28 appearances
for the Warriors in 2001-02 after
previously playing for Parramatta and
He and McFadden were team-
mates at the Raiders in 2000 and
then again as NRL assistant coaches
in 2012 before McFadden joined the
Morgan retired at 26 to turn to
coaching, initially in France before he
had seven seasons with Hull Kingston
Rovers when he guided the Robins
back into the Super League. He
returned to Australia as an assistant
coach at Canberra in 2012-13 and
has been with the Storm the last two
“This is a great opportunity to come
back to Auckland to work with Cappy
(McFadden), the rest of the staff and
the players,” said Morgan.
“I have great memories of my time
with the club in 2001 and 2002 and
really look for ward to this opportunity
to help take the Warriors to the
heights everyone expects of the club.”
Iro said he relished the opportunity
to work in the recruitment area.
“I’ve gained a lot of experience in a
number of roles since first joining the
Warriors in 2005 and then working
with the NZRL,” he said.
“Recruitment is such a critical area
and I’m excited about working closely
with Cappy and (managing director)
Jim (Doyle) to ensure we continue to
improve our performance.”
McFadden last week confirmed
the wider NRL squad for 2016 was
almost complete. So far five new
players have been signed — Roger
Tuivasa-Sheck, Issac Luke, Ligi Sao,
Blake Ayshford and Henare Wells.
There are a few spots still to be filled.
Apart from players involved with
the Kiwis end of year tour to England,
the rest of the squad is scheduled
to start its 2016 off-season training
programme on November 2.
New Zealand Herald
Former Warriors front-rower appointed assistant coach
RUGBY WORLD CUP
As the second half of the All
Blacks’ World Cup match against
Namibia dragged painfully on
through the referee’s whistle and
long stretches of inactivity, a
lightbulb might have switched on
in the collective minds of some of
the Northern Hemisphere teams.
No team will want to allow the
All Blacks to build momentum
during matches, and the defending
champions have made no secret of
wanting to play the game at pace —
building on the quicksilver hands
and feet of half-back Aaron Smith
and using their handling skills and
fitness to ask endless questions of
Nothing stops that like an injury
break, a slow walk to a lineout,
or constantly re-set scrums, and
England and Wales, two teams
the All Blacks might meet in the
knockout stages, already have
recent form here.
England, during their test at Eden
Park last year, took an age to get to
lineouts, a deliberately slow walk
which allowed them to both catch
their breath and attempt to take the
wind from the All Blacks’ sails.
And in Cardiff last year, there were
farcical scenes of Welsh players
dropping to a knee in apparent
injury, only to bounce back up after
a drink, or in one case, the use of
a towel to mop sweat from a brow.
Watching the Namibia match
might have confirmed for both
nations that the tactic has merit.
The good news for the game,
if not the All Blacks, is that their
quarter-final opponents are likely
to be either France or Ireland, two
teams who like to play the game at
Ireland, under coach Joe Schmidt,
have made big improvements in
this area. Their performance in
pushing the All Blacks so close
in Dublin in 2013 was built on a
game played at furious clip in the
France are notoriously hard to
mitigate against at World Cups but
they are at their best when playing
with width, and their interplay
between for wards and backs can be
inspirational at times.
The All Blacks, who have travelled
from London to Cardiff for their
third pool match against Georgia
at the Millennium Stadium on
Saturday NZT, will be aware
of the danger of the opposition
attempting to play the game at
their own pace, and after saying
his players were “ bored” at times
against Namibia at the Olympic
Stadium, assistant coach Ian Foster
said it was up to the match officials
to keep the game going.
“We can talk as much as we like
but if teams think that ’s a tactic
that ’s going to work against us
they ’re going to keep trying it,” he
“The referee is under instructions
to keep the game moving and we’ve
just got to keep an eye on that but
it’s up to the officials to keep the
game moving on.
“ If they believe a team is
deliberately doing it they have to
try to speed it up. In some ways
that ’s outside our control. We can
ask for the game to be speeded up
but that ’s only our opinion.”
might be way to
go for All Blacks’
Danny Lee has produced one of the
rounds of the day to secure a second-
place finish at the Tour Championship.
The New Zealand golfer completed
a five-under par round of 65 at the
PGA Tour’s season-ending event in
Atlanta, to finish at five-under overall
tied for second with Justin Rose
and Henrik Stenson. Jordan Spieth won
the tournament to claimed the Fed Ex
Lee earned $US618,750 ($NZ971,296)
for the second placing, taking his season
earnings to $NZ5.3m for the year.
Lee mixed seven birdies with two
bogeys in his round.
At age 22, Spieth became the first
$US22 million man in golf.
Spieth capped off a dream season when
he poured in putts from all over East
Lake and closed with a 1-under 69 for a
That was all he needed to become the
youngest player to capture the FedEx
Cup and its $US10 million bonus.
His fifth victory of the year, including
two majors, allowed the Texan to set a
PGA Tour record with $12,030,465 in
earnings. If that was not enough, Spieth
went back to No.1 in the world.
Stenson couldn’t do much about it.
On two holes around the turn with the
Swede in tight for birdie, Spieth made
two birdies, one from 14m.
Lee earns just under $US1m for second
New Zealand Cricket are not
discounting the idea of a day-night
pink ball test in this country but want
to examine whether the concept would
work well first.
The Black Caps are due to play a day-
night test against Australia in Adelaide
in November, when a pink ball will be
used at international level for the first
Cricket Australia are pushing the idea,
viewing it as a lever to raise interest (ie
crowds and revenue). NZC have agreed
and there seems a view among players
that, whatever their personal feelings on
the move, it’s best to front foot the idea
and make the most of it. Players were
initially opposed to being used as guinea
pigs in what is such an important test.
The New Zealand team will have a
couple of days of open-wicket practice
in Hamilton in the afternoons and
evenings of October 7 and 8 using pink
For both batsmen and bowlers, it will be
a good chance to find out what variables
the pink ball offers in afternoon, twilight
and evening. NZC will also be keeping a
close eye on proceedings.
“There’s a whole range of things we
need to look at,” NZC ’s head
of cricket Lindsay Crocker said. “ I
don’t think the idea of a day-night test
[in New Zealand] has ever been a dead
Certainly if the Adelaide match proves
to be a success, not so much in crowd
attendances but in how the ball behaves
for both batsmen and bowlers, it could
move a step or three for ward the idea of
a night time test in New Zealand.
“ It will be an interesting exercise to see
if there are any
differences with the pink ball,” Crocker
said. “If the Adelaide match is successful,
then potentially who knows? It may be
something we try down the track.”
Crocker said a round or two of Plunket
Shield with a pink ball would almost
certainly take place first, but said it is too
early to talk with any certainty about the
idea of a test.
“Adelaide escalates it a wee bit, so
we’ll learn from that. If it ’s successful,
why wouldn’t we look at it as a potential
“But it ’s wrong to say we’ve got a match
earmarked for a future day-night test.
We’re just trying to bring everything
together to see whether it ’s possible for
us as well.”
Test offspinner Mark Craig has done
some work with NZC’s spin bowling
expert Paul Wiseman and found little
difference, from a spinner’s perspective,
between the pink and white ball used for
“I find the white and pink balls are very
good to grip,” he said.
Cricket Australia have tweaked the
hours of play for the Adelaide test to
allow for the distraction of light and
shade across the pitch.
The first session will run from 2pm-
4pm, followed by a 20-minute tea break.
The second session will be 4.20pm to
6.20pm, followed by the 40-minute meal
break, with the final session running
During the World Cup final in
Melbourne in late March, New Zealand’s
innings fell over at the twilight period
when half the pitch was in shadow and
half in bright light.
“The break in play coincides with that
time when the pitch is half and half,”
“ When you’ve got the ball coming
from bright sunlight into shade, it makes
it difficult (for the batsmen). It ’s sensible
Tickled pink by new ball idea
Taranaki drew on all their
resources to engineer an upset
of previously undefeated
Canterbury at AMI Stadium.
The home side were clearly
feeling the effects of three tight
games in seven days — the
“storm week”, as Canterbury
coach Scott Robertson referred
to it. But Taranaki were missing
lock James Broadhurst, first-five
Marty McKenzie and captain
Charlie Ngatai, a late defection.
The last time Taranaki beat
Canterbury in Christchurch was
so long ago — 1962 — that the
Wallabies were losing to North
Otago and Thames Valley. It was
But rugged Taranaki rugby
men of the ilk of Ian Eliason and
Andrew Slater would doubtless
have murmured approval at the
manner in which the for wards
attacked their work.
First-five Codey Rei kicked
four from five off the tee, while
lock and skipper Blade Thomson
scored a critical second half try
which started with an Angus
Taavao bust and offload.
They had to withstand a fiery
Taranaki were not to be denied.
It all means that defending
champions Taranaki have
virtually qualified for the
premiership semi-finals after
their fifth consecutive win.
Despite losing, Canterbury are
well placed to finish top. They had
standout performers, including
Ryan Crotty in the midfield.
He and Taranaki No 13 Seta
Tamanivalu stuck to each other
like glue. Taranaki played the
first half like a team coming off
nine days since their last match.
Their attitude and energy were
top-notch, and they reaped the
reward, 17-13 up at the half.
Their pack toiled and some
sweet short passing on the short
side gave No 7 Berny Hall the
first try. Halfback Te Toiroa
Tahuriorangi sparked the second
off a scrum, with a nice offload to
Canterbury had to weather the
storm, and Johnny McNicholl
had their riposte with another
opportunist try on the wing,
chipping over the top and
winning the chase on a fortuitous
The home side had the edge at
scrum time, but there was not a lot
in it, though Taranaki tighthead
Taavao, a much improved ball
carrier in the open, ran to good
“The boys dug deep,” said
“ We do heaps of skills work and
obviously it pays off.”
Both sides are in action on
Saturday, Canterbury in Nelson
to meet Tasman and Taranaki at
Taranaki 24 (Berny Hall, Kurt
Baker, Blade Thomson tries;
Codey Rei 3 con, pen)
Canterbury 21 ( Johnny
McNicholl, Marshall Suckling
tries; Tom Taylor con, 3 pen).
New Zealand Herald
Taranaki enjoy first triumph in Christchurch for 53 years
Taranaki’s Kurt Baker scores during his side’s historic win over Canterbur y.
RUGBY ITM CUP
Cup victory over England at
Twickenham resonated so much
in this rugby-mad city that the All
Blacks struggled to sleep last night
such was the din.
They like their rugby here and
they like celebrating, two elements
which combined for a perfect storm
of mayhem outside the All Blacks’
central city hotel.
Hooker Keven Mealamu was
one who suffered. “ I couldn’t get
to sleep, I could just hear ‘Wales,
Wales’, people screaming ‘Wales’
outside my bedroom window. It was
a good game to watch. I thoroughly
enjoyed it,” he said.
The streets were full of litter and
other, even less savoury, evidence of
Many residents appeared a
little bleary eyed as the day
dawned bright and clear but
for the All Blacks, who put
in what was described as a physical
training session, it was business as
Liam Messam, a late withdrawal
for the victory over Namibia due to
a tight calf, was on light duties, as
were Colin Slade, who had a tight
hamstring in that match at London’s
Olympic Stadium, and Beauden
Barrett, who has a whiplash-type
neck injury caused by a heavy tackle.
The hard work is being put in
for what is likely to be a physical
encounter against Georgia at the
The Georgians, who have a
massive pack, will be a good test of
where the All Blacks are following
an impressive finish to their
opener against Argentina and a
disappointing second-half against
“ It’s an awesome opportunity for
the tight five to go out there and
test ourselves,” lock Sam Whitelock
Another being tested will be wing
Waisake Naholo, due to return from
his broken leg.
Fellow wing Julian Savea said
the Highlanders player — Super
Rugby’s top try scorer this year
had applied himself diligently
during his time on the sidelines.
“ What’s good about him is that he
comes to ask questions,” Savea said.
“He works really hard on what his
role looks like.
“Even though he hasn’t been able
to do much training he’s doing
some stuff off the field and trying to
get his mind familiarised with the
game plan and what we’re trying to
do as outsides.”
Hurricane Savea, who played on
the losing side against Naholo in the
Super Rugby final in Wellington,
added: “He’s a try-scoring machine.
He’s quick and explosive and I’m
happy to be on his side rather than
New Zealand Herald
Welsh keep All Blacks awake
Johnathan Thurston says he does not
want to see good mate Justin Hodges
miss the NRL grand final through
Hodges will take his fight to play in
the premiership decider to the NRL
judiciary tomorrow night after he was
hit with a grade one dangerous throw on
Aidan Guerra in Brisbane’s preliminary
final thumping of Sydney Roosters.
The Australian and Queensland
representative’s illustrious career will be
over if he does not beat the one-match
ban, after he signalled his intention
last month to pull the pin on his 16-
year first grade career at the end of the
If Hodges is rubbed out of the
grand final against Thurston’s North
Queensland side, it would be a big boost
to the Cowboys chances of claiming
their inaugural NRL title.
But Thurston wants to see his maroons
and Kangaroos teammate take the field
at ANZ Stadium for the last game of
the season on Sunday.
“It would be very disappointing for
him to miss it, he is obviously a very
great mate of mine,” Thurston said.
“But it is out of my control we will
have to wait and see.”
Thurston left AAMI Park 10 minutes
early on Saturday night due to a calf
injury with a preliminary final victory
over Melbourne secure.
The superstar pivot has struggled with
a groin injury over the last month and it
again affected his usually faultless goal
kicking in the 32-12 win over Storm.
But Thurston downplayed any
concerns over his fitness.
“The body is fine, I’m all good,” he said.
“This week now is just all about getting
the body right and preparing the best
“It is going to be an exciting week.”
Guerra is expected to give evidence in
favour of Hodges at the judiciary.
South Sydney hooker Issac Luke
missed last year’s decider through a
dangerous throw suspension.
Thurston wants Hodges to play in grand final
Experts have warned that an early exit
by England from the Rugby World Cup
will cost the host nation tens of millions
The dramatic narrow loss to Warren
Gatland ’s Welshmen at Twickenham
yesterday morning has cast a pall over
English sport ’s landscape and the doom
and gloom intensified today when
economic experts predicted that unless
Stuart Lancaster’s team can beat Australia
this weekend and keep their tournament
hopes alive, the Cup’s financial impact on
the United Kingdom will also take a hit.
Tens of millions of pounds will be lost
in pubs, shops and even on the stock
market, the experts warned.
While the 28-25 defeat hurt England’s
sporting reputation, exiting the Cup
before the quarter final stages will inflict
more pain as it would also spell disaster
for the pubs, shops and broadcasters that
were relying on a competitive English
side going all the way to the final next
London’s Daily Telegraph reported that
host British broadcaster ITV alone could
lose up to $NZ2.2 million per match in
advertising revenues if England are not
Phil Hall, the head of trading and
investment at Media Com, the UK’s
biggest media buying agency, predicted
viewing audiences could plummet if
England go out and that would mean
fees for advert slots during games could
fall by up to 40%.
He said: “They want England to be in
mainstream coverage and for people to
tune in. It could be a disaster for ITV.”
Pub and retail sales were also likely
to suffer because neutral rugby fans are
more likely to lose interest if England is
Neil Williams, a spokesman for the
British Beer and Pub Association, told
the Telegraph: “ The better England does
the better it would be for pubs.”
The Telegraph also warned that
hundreds of millions of pounds, if not
billions, could also be wiped off the stock
market if England are knocked out.
A spokeswoman for organiser England
2015 tried to play down the impact, saying:
“This is a record breaking tournament in
terms of tickets sold, and our venues have
been packed up and down the country
supporting all 20 competing nations.
Whatever permutations the group stage
offers, we have sold nearly all the tickets
for the knock out stages.”
New Zealand Herald
England exit from World Cup would cost millions
RUGBY WORLD CUP
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