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Former All Black Ali Williams
has been summoned to appear
before a French Top 14 disciplinary
commission on March 29, after
being arrested on drugs charges last
Williams has been charged
with buying cocaine and former
Australian international James
O’Connor with possession, after
they were detained by police two
weeks ago outside a nightclub.
The New Zealand lock has
admitted the accusations and now
faces the French judicial process to
determine his future.
The French National Rugby
League (LNR), which runs the
national competition, is also
pursuing the case, last week
confirming that president Paul
Goze had filed an official complaint.
The LNR today confirmed a
hearing date later this month.
Williams has already been
suspended by his Racing 92
club and dropped as an official
ambassador. He also issued a public
apology on social media. His arrest
was the second off-field incident
to impact the club in recent weeks.
Former All Black Dan Carter was
also arrested for drink-driving in
Paris last month.
— New Zealand Herald
New Zealand golfer Ben Campbell has
bagged an eagle and two birdies in the
final three holes of his first round at the
New Zealand Open to secure a course
record 10 -under-par 61.
eagled hole No 16 at Millbrook Resort,
followed by birdies on 17 and 18, to
finish tournament leader after day one.
Yesterday’s spectacular finish capped
off a stunning back nine for the 25-year-
old, producing an eight-under 28 to
be two strokes ahead. The career-best
round was made all the more impressive
by Campbell’s long absence from golf in
2016, having suffered a mystery illness.
He kicked off his solid form with
second place in last week’s NZPGA
Championship in Palmerston North
before heading south to his Queenstown
“I played pretty solidly out there,
especially the back nine where I had 28,
which is a first for me. I bounced back
well and just got it rolling,” Campbell
New Zealander Brad Hilton shares
second place at eight under with
Australian Dimitrios Papadatos.
Bogey-free Papadatos, the 2014 open
champion, carded an eagle and six
birdies to head Australia’s contingent
with Scott Barr, Deyen Lawson and
Brad Kennedy a shot back at seven
“I started well and kept going, including
holing out for an eagle from 105m which
helped me out a bit,” Papadatos said.
“Conditions favoured the players
Singapore-based Barr, who
played at The Hills course, was happy
with his putting performance on a
smooth southern New Zealand green.
He was surprised to secure a seven-
“I usually think I’m an okay putter but
you get on greens that roll true and you
have a really good day,” Barr said.
On the New Zealand front, professional
Michael Hendry also nabbed a seven
under, while Waikato-based rookie Luke
Toomey shot a six-under 66.
Top-ranked New Zealander Ryan Fox
failed to match expectations by securing
a four under, while Australian defending
champion Matthew Griffin is six under.
“It’s one of the most-clinical rounds
I’ve ever played, to be honest,” Toomey
said in just his second professional
After completing their first rounds
yesterday, the field switched courses for
today ’s second round.
The third and fourth rounds will be
played at the more-difficult Millbrook.
No New Zealander has won the open
since 2003. — NZ N
Paul Coll was unable to back
up his quarter-final winning
performance at the Canary Wharf
Classic in London, losing the semi-
final this morning.
Yesterday, the Greymouth-born
top New Zealand squash player had
an impressive win over favourite
Daryl Selby from England, but
this morning he had no answer
to another Englishman, Nick
Matthew, who has won the event
five times and is ranked No 4 in
the world. Coll is ranked No 16.
He lost 9-11, 8-11, 5-11 in 55
Until this morning Coll had not
lost a match on English soil since
his first-round exit at the 2016
British Open almost a year ago.
Throughout his semi-final match
today Coll worked hard and pulled
back the first game after being
down 3-8 . He levelled the score
at 8-8, but Matthews played some
clever squash to win the set.
Commentators remarked that
Matthews was one of the greatest
players of the modern game.
In the second game, Coll got
off to the perfect start and was up
3-0, however he made a number
of unforced errors which saw him
beaten again. While he displayed
some clever shots he lost the third
game and gave Matthews a 3-0 win.
Following his loss Coll said
mentally, he let Matthews
dominate him at the start in the
first and “I was not mentally as
strong as I normally am, which is
“He is an experienced player, and
I was a bit tense. I’m not happy
with the way I handled calls I didn’t
agree with, normally I don’t let it
get to me, but this time, it did.”
Coll said he should have been
more aggressive and played his own
“I learned a lot in this match,
the way he was able to keep in the
back of the court, with his
crosscourts. I always looked up to
him. His volleying was impressive,
learning cur ve for me this match,”
PICTURE: Paul McBride
Junior touch winners found
Ruby Beynon, for Grey Main Brillo, is confronted by Marist Rugby defenders Wil Van Der Geest, right, and Lochie Gibson during
the West Coast junior touch division two final played at the Karoro Domain yesterday. Marist won 5-0.
Results.— Division 1 final: Paroa beat Karoro 4, 6-2. Division 2 final: Marist Rugby beat Grey Main Brillo, 5-1. Division 3: Cobden
2 beat Blaketown Black, 10-4. Division 4: Karoro 1 beat Cobden 3, 4-3.
French officials set Williams hearing date
Coll falls in London semi
All roads to this year’s Super
Rugby lead through Johannesburg.
That is the assertion of
Hurricanes coach Chris Boyd,
who nominates the Lions as the
team with the inside running to
qualify first for the play-offs and
secure home advantage.
There are two reasons why the
South African outfit, who the
Hurricanes beat in last year’s final,
will finish top of the tree, Boyd
Firstly, they have a generous
While the New Zealand teams
face each other in multiple bruising
contests, the Lions will not face a
single team from the New Zealand
conference, in another quirk of the
lop-sided competition structure.
Secondly, as last year showed,
they are a fine team, Boyd added.
“ I’d be very surprised if the
Lions don’t qualify top of the
competition. It means somebody’s
going to have to go to Africa to
stop them winning Super Rugby
this year,” he said.
Like the Hurricanes, the
Lions have notched two points-
laden wins to kick-start 2017,
pipping the Cheetahs 28-25 in
Bloemfontein and the Waratahs
55-36 in Johannesburg.
The only difficulty the Lions
might face in the play-offs will be
that they will not have experienced
the intensity of a New Zealand
side up until then, Boyd said.
However, he is sure the Lions
will have learned from last year’s
near miss, just as the Hurricanes
did when they turned their 2015
runners-up finish into a 2016 title.
“They ’ll go under the radar from
a New Zealand point of view but
I think they ’re going to be really
tough to play in the end,” Boyd
said. — NZN
NZ Open first round
PICTURE: Getty Images
Ben Campbell putts yesterday at the New Zealand Open at Millbrook Resort
Former Wallabies winger Digby
Ioane will pull on the Crusaders
jumper for the first time against
his old club the Reds tomorrow.
Ioane, 31, left the Reds for French
club Stade Francais in late 2013
before heading to Japan to play
for Honda Heat last year.
He will now make his Crusaders
debut on his old stomping ground
in Brisbane after recovering from
a hip issue and is named on the
Last week’s try-scoring hero
Seta Tamanivalu moves back
to the right flank, while test
stalwart Israel Dagg returns to his
preferred fullback role.
David Havili has been left out
entirely due to injury.
Two other Crusaders recruits
are set to make their club debuts
in Q ueensland, with Heiden
Bedwell-Curtis and Oliver Jager
stepping into the side.
Bedwell-Curtis, a recruit from
provincial side Manawatu, will
take on the openside role after
test incumbent Matt Todd was
ruled out with a calf strain. Pete
Samu also slots in at blindside in
place of Jordan Taufua.
The other debutant, Jager, will
start as cover at tighthead after
All Blacks stalwart Owen Franks
was left out of the travelling
party. Michael Alaalatoa has been
promoted from the bench to take
Franks’ place, while Tim Perry will
ser ve as bench cover for loosehead
Joe Moody. Wyatt Crockett has
also been rested after falling ill
during the week.
Drummond has been selected
over Bryn Hall at halfback,
with young gun Mitchell Hunt
retaining his place at first-five.
Incumbent playmaker Richie
Mo’unga will be out for at least
another month after undergoing
surgery on a broken hand.
All Blacks skipper Kieran Read
remains out until mid-April with
a wrist issue. — N ZN
New Zealand defender Tommy
Smith is in line to make his first
All Whites appearance since
2014 after being named in coach
Anthony Hudson’s squad for
home-and-away World Cup
qualifiers against Fiji.
The Ipswich Town defender,
a former international captain
and 2010 World Cup stalwart,
was ushered back into the New
Zealand fold in October by
He had previously been
frozen out of the squad due to a
perceived lack of communication
and commitment to the All
Whites’ cause. A back injury
forced him to skip the side’s
November qualifiers against
New Caledonia, from which they
secured a win and a draw.
The 26-year-old will be
expected to slot into the All
Whites’ defence alongside West
Ham stopper and Kiwi captain
Hudson has named a full-
strength squad for the fixtures
in Lautoka and Wellington, with
six points securing passage to the
OFC playoff final.
Veteran Shane Smeltz has
returned to the fold after an
18-month international absence,
while in-form Leeds striker Chris
Wood is a certainty up front. The
25-year-old has scored 22 goals
in the English Championship in
2016-17, spearheading his side’s
Premier League promotion tilt.
“ It comes down to his mentality
and how hard he works,” Hudson
“ Wood and a few others in
this squad can be superstars on
the international stage this year
because they have now earned
that platform. ”
young gun Ryan Thomas and
Melbourne Victory ace Marco
Rojas will stake their claim for a
spot on the wing.
South African-born left back
Deklan Wynne will fly in from
his base at Vancouver Whitecaps,
as will Bill Tuiloma from
Two potential debutants have
also been named in Australian-
born siblings Jai and Dane
Ingham, both plying their trade
in the A-League.
Hudson was bullish about his
side’s prospects in 2017 which,
most importantly, takes in a
Confederations Cup tilt in June
He wanted his side to build
on their recent showings
against USA, Mexico and New
Caledonia, in which they lost
just once, by securing back-to-
back Fiji wins. “ We have played
many times against the Island
teams and been consistent, and
now it ’s time to build on our last
tour,” Hudson said.
The side will assemble for a
training camp on March 19 in
Wellington ahead of their match
on March 25 in Lautoka.
The follow-up fixture will
be held three days later in the
All Whites. —
Marinovic, Tamati Williams,
Glen Moss; Andrew Durante,
Tom Doyle, Michael Boxall,
Kip Colvey, Themi Tzimopoulos,
Deklan Wynne, Winston Reid,
Sam Brotherton, Tommy Smith,
Dane Ingham; Bill Tuiloma,
McGlinchey, Moses Dyer, Ryan
Thomas; Chris Wood, Monty
Patterson, Marco Rojas, Shane
Smeltz, Jai Ingham. — NZ N
Experienced Silver Ferns Anna
Harrison and Maria Tutaia will be co-
captains for the Northern Mystics in the
domestic premiership netball season.
Head coach Helene Wilson said
defender Harrison and shooter Tutaia
complement each other, making them an
ideal pair to share the leadership duties.
“ Maria connects players as people and
Anna’s professionalism around high
performance is highly valued,” Wilson
“ With their commitment to our zone
and their openness to grow in their co-
captain’s roles, I am excited about where
they will lead their team to in 2017.”
Lions team to beat, says Canes coach
Harrison, Tutaia Mystics co-captains
Smith back to fortify All Whites defence
Crusader Ioane to debut against old team
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