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More big swells are forecast for
Hawaii, where star Australian surfer
Mick Fanning will try to secure his
fourth world title.
The Pipeline Masters was due to
open today, however rare small surf
forced organisers to call a lay day with
qualifying still yet to be completed that
will decide the last two competitors for
the main draw.
Big surf has wreaked havoc in Hawaii
over the last few days.
Earlier this week, Fanning was
among surfers who helped bring young
American Evan Geiselman out of the
water at the famed Pipeline break on
Hawaii’s North Shore.
Geiselman suffered a bad wipeout and
nearly drowned, but is expected to make
a full recovery.
Australian Mark Mathews also broke
his shoulder this week when he had a
massive wipeout at the aptly-named
Jaws break on Maui during a big wave
Forecasters said a storm off Japan
should ensure a big swell will hit Hawaii
midway through this week.
Fanning leads the rankings heading
into the Pipeline Masters, which is the
last round of the world surf league.
But he is among six surfers who can
win the world title.
Compatriots O wen Wright and
Julian Wilson are also in the title hunt,
along with Brazilian trio Filipe Toledo,
Adriano De Souza and Gabriel Medina,
the reigning world champion.
Fanning, the three-time world
champion will take strong form into
the event after winning last week’s Vans
World Cup event at nearby Sunset
It was the first time Fanning had won a
major event in Hawaii.
The World Cup and the Masters are
the last two events in Hawaiian surfing’s
annual triple crown.
of the New Zealand Herald
Back the truck up just a second. If you
thought the United States twice beating
the All Blacks sevens side in D ubai was
crazy, that result has nothing on some of
the reaction to it.
All of a sudden, the most successful
sevens team in the history of the game
is not only doomed to Olympic failure,
but may be taking down the All Blacks
name with it.
Quite how the All Blacks sevens side
losing semi-finalists in D ubai —
are damaging the All Blacks’ “brand”
is beyond me. This is the same “brand”
that has won almost every world series
to date and holds both men’s and
women’s world titles.
This is the same “brand” that has,
almost without exception, annually
discovered and promoted talent to the
15-a-side “real” All Blacks.
There is extreme pressure on the New
Zealand sevens programme, not to live
up to any “brand ” but to withstand the
intensity of Olympic year. That pressure
is largely due to the programme’s own
scarcely-believable historical record.
The women have been the dominant
force in the game since the formation
of their own world series, and there is
no other side that comes close to the
achievements of Sir Gordon Tietjens’
teams over the past two decades,
achievements that, in my opinion,
deser ve greater recognition than they
What other side in the national game
could be so successful while being so
heavily hindered by priority?
For many years, most Super Rugby
players have been off-limits, most New
Zealand under-20 players have been
off-limits, and good luck searching for
All Blacks. Nothing has changed. Not
even when the ultimate prize is an
Olympic gold medal — a New Zealand
Rugby strategic goal.
This fact is conveniently forgotten in
the argument that the sides (and the
game) lack star power but the truth
is members of those teams have been
forced into increased specialisation by
the priority treatment of the 15-a-side
That priority treatment is, in one
sense, understandable. Super Rugby and
the All Blacks are the earners for New
Zealand Rugby and that commercial
imperative alone makes the sevens game
a poor cousin, but there are also some
in positions of genuine influence in the
game here in New Zealand who would
like sevens to go away entirely. That
strikes me as ludicrous.
Last weekend the 29th annual
Condor Sevens were held in West
Auckland. As many as 63 teams,
including 33 under-15 teams, took
part in these national secondary school
championships, with Hamilton Boys’
High School and Hamilton Girls’ High
School taking top honours. Much of
the sevens on display was outrageously
No player or spectator at the Condors
would question the value or the
legitimacy of that tournament or the
In fact, some of the schools involved
would struggle through numbers or
interest to field a competitive 15-a-side
team. This tournament is crucial to
them, and it should be treasured.
The New Zealand sevens programmes
deserve to be treasured, too, rather
than being written off after one poor
tournament or accused of squatting on
the All Blacks brand.
The reason USA rugby are so excited
about last weekend is that they beat the
biggest name in the game. Do you think
for a second they ’d be that pumped up if
they had defeated Wales or Kenya?
That the brace of victories has been
hailed by American rugby patrons as a
breakthrough moment for their team
should not give rise to the fear that the
All Blacks “brand” has been weakened.
Conversely, it proves yet again how
powerful that brand is. That US team
also defeated South Africa on their
way to a third-place showing in Dubai.
Funnily enough, that barely rated a
The All Blacks sevens side are now
hammered by injuries as they prepare
to bounce back from their poor season
opener. Oh, for some genuine player
resources to fill the void.
If only this side had what the All
Blacks have — apart from the name,
and the legacy, of course.
The Mercedes Formula One team is
taking legal action against an engineer
alleged to have downloaded sensitive
performance data before he was due to
join rivals Ferrari.
“A legal action is under way involving
Mercedes AMG High Performance
Powertrains (HPP) Limited and an
employee who is due to leave the
company at the end of the year,” a team
spokesman said today.
“The company has taken the
appropriate legal steps to protect its
The BBC identified the employee as
Benjamin Hoyle. HPP design, build and
supply the team’s power units.
Mercedes have been dominant in
Formula One since the introduction last
year of the new V6 turbo hybrid power
units that replaced the old V8 engines.
Britain’s Lewis Hamilton, now a triple
champion, has won the last two drivers’
titles while Mercedes this year retained
the constructors’ crown they won in
Ferrari have been their closest rivals,
winning three grands prix and closing
the performance gap noticeably this
year after failing to win a race in 2014.
They aim to be much more competitive
Mercedes this year supplied engines
to Williams, Force India and Lotus,
although the latter team are due to
become Renault-powered next year
with tail-enders Manor Marussia set to
switch from Ferrari to Mercedes.
Key figures in Formula One teams
are usually put on lengthy periods of
‘gardening leave’ when they hand in
their notice to ensure they do not take
technical information with them.
Jock Clear, Hamilton’s
performance engineer at Mercedes,
started at Maranello as head of
engineering only recently after Ferrari
announced a year ago that he would be
Formula One was rocked by a spy
scandal in 2007 when a 780-page
dossier of sensitive Ferrari technical
information was found in the possession
of then-McLaren chief designer Mike
Coughlan was sacked by McLaren
while Ferrari dismissed Nigel Stepney,
the engineer accused of passing the
information to him, in what became
known as ‘Spygate’.
McLaren were subsequently handed
a record $100 million fine, although
they ultimately paid less, and the loss
of all their constructors’ points that
year, a move that secured Ferrari the
Mercedes sues Ferrari defector
Silly to brand sevens side after poor start
PICTURE: Getty Images
Sir Gordon Tietjens’ achievements have been staggering.
Big surf forecast for
British police are investigating newly
crowned world heavyweight champion
Tyson Fury over comments he made
about homosexuality, a spokeswoman
from Greater Manchester Police told
Fury, 27, has attracted controversy after
likening homosexuality to paedophilia,
with over 105,000 people signing a
petition calling for his removal from the
shortlist for the BBC Sports Personality
of the Year award.
A GMP spokeswoman said that a
member of the public had reported a
“ hate crime” today after watching a BBC
television programme in which Fury’s
remarks were discussed.
She said the force was taking the
matter “very seriously” and would be
attending the complainant ’s address to
speak to him in person before deciding
whether to question Fury.
Fury has also been accused of sexism,
having notably stated that a woman’s
place was “in the kitchen and on her
back”. The complaint only concerns his
remarks about homosexuality.
In a recent inter view with the Mail on
Sunday newspaper, Fury, who is a born-
again Christian, said that three things
needed to be accomplished “before the
devil comes home.”
“One of them is homosexuality
being legal in countries, one of them is
abortion and the other is paedophilia,”
he said. “ Who would have thought
in the 50s and 60s that those first two
would be legalised?”
Manchester-born Fury, who is of
traveller heritage and styles himself
as the Gypsy King, has denied being
homophobic or sexist and says that his
views merely reflect what is written in
“That ’s my beliefs, just like I believe in
Lord Jesus Christ as my lord and saviour
and if anyone wants to dispute that, let
them do it,” he said in a recent You Tube
Fury stunned long-standing champion
Wladimir Klitschko in Duesseldorf at
the end of last month to win the WBA,
IBF and WBO world heavyweight belts.
The BBC has defended its decision
to shortlist him for its flagship award,
saying it is “not an endorsement of an
individual’s personal beliefs”. — AFP
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