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Hughie Fury rates New Zealand’s
Joseph Parker as the best of the
recognised heavyweight champions
— better even than fellow
Englishman Anthony Joshua.
Fury, who will fight Parker for the
WBO title at Auckland’s Vector
Arena on May 6, said it was the
South Aucklander’s hunger and
skill which sets him apart from
the heavy-hitting Joshua, the IBF
champion who will defend his
title against Wladimir Klitschko at
Wembley on April 29, and WBC
champion Deontay Wilder, an
American with a vicious right
“They ’ve all got their own strengths
but I think Joseph Parker is the best
out there at the minute,” Fury said.
“ He’s the toughest fight between
all three of them because he’s hungry
.. . (and) he’s got lots of skill. Wilder’s
just wild. He’s just trying to land the
big bomb and that ’s all he’s got. ”
The respect between Fury’s camp
and Parker has been clear for months
since the fight was made, with the
25-year-old also on good terms with
Hughie’s cousin, Tyson, the former
That cordiality is not the norm —
the Furys have made their disdain of
Joshua and Wilder quite clear.
Some of that could be due to the
fact that they could not agree terms
to fight former Olympian Joshua,
but Hughie said it was because
Parker himself was respectful and
not prone to getting ahead of
Parker’s record and the fact that he
has fought what many believe to be
tougher opposition than Joshua and
Wilder is another factor.
“He’s a fighting man,” Fury said.
“He’s a respectful person. I look at
Joseph Parker and you can see he’s
a nice lad so when you get people
like that in this sport, there’s no
point disrespecting is there? He’s a
fighting man and we’re both here to
do our job.”
The Furys, who have delayed their
arrival to New Zealand until a
fortnight before the fight, are used
to big occasions following Tyson’s
surprise victory over Klitschko two
Fury has an excellent training
partner in Tyson, who is returning to
the sport following his mental health
and drug issues, which
saw him relinquish his
Success against Parker
for the 22-year-old and
Fury, would bring the
WBO belt back to the
family. “It’s what we’ve
always been in boxing
for, to achieve our
dreams ... I ’m almost
there and I am going to
do 100% and bring that
“There’s no doubts in
my mind whatsoever
so, like dad (and trainer
Peter) said, Joseph’s got to
knock me out and he’s going to find
that very hard. We are very confident
in what we do and the strengths and
the ability of what we’ve got. ”
— New Zealand Herald
Wednesday, April 12, 2017
It was a tough ask and although New
Zealand’s No 1 squash player Paul Coll,
from Greymouth, lost his quarter-final
against the world No 1 at the El Gouna
International tournament in Egypt
today, in an enthralling performance.
Coll lost to Frenchman Gregory
Gaultier 6-11, 6-11, 13-11, 6-11 in 72
The match dubbed ‘Superman (Coll’s
nickname on the circuit) versus the
French General’ (Gaultier’s nickname)
turned into a much closer affair than
Gaultier was in control of the match
after taking relatively easy wins in the
opening two sets.
The Coaster turned things around in
the third, 13-11, after putting plenty
of pressure on Gauilter and rattling the
Frenchman. He put in some good shots
and was able to play his own game.
experience came through and he took
The two players are familiar with each
other’s games as they train together.
After the match Gaultier said Coll
pushed him, especially in the third game.
In the fourth match Gaultier said it
was “pretty tight ” at 6-6.
“I was able to push through and make
him lose control. It was the first time
at this tournament that I have been
Gaultier also took time out to praise
Coll’s rise in the world rankings, which
has taken the 24-year-old from world
“I have a lot of time for Paul,” the
“He is one of the players that has
improved the most. He managed to
break James (Willstrop) and other
players in the top 10. He is knocking at
the top 10 door.
“He came twice to train with me in
Prague, he is such a hard worker, he loves
training and he is such a disciplined
player. He is also a truly good and nice
guy,” Gaultier said.
“He knows he will come back to my
home, he is always ready to train and
work with me. He is truly one of the
future, because he is somebody that
works and works. I have a lot of respect
for him. He is young at 24, he will add
a few more racquet skills with time
and he’ll get experience. It ’s all about a
learning process, he doesn’t count the
hours spent to train. I believe he is going
to make it big time.
“I’m sure he will reach the top soon.”
Gaultier will take on Egyptian world
No 5 Marwan El Shorbagy for a place
in a fourth successive World Series final.
World No 1 Gregory Gaultier plays a shot to world No 13 Paul Coll in this morning’s match at the El Gouna International
tournament in Egypt.
for Coll from
world No 1
One name stands out like a beacon in the
team to face the British and Irish Lion in the
first match of their New Zealand tour.
The New Zealand Provincial Barbarians
side features North Harbour first five-eighth
Bryn Gatland, the son of Lions head coach
Warren Gatland, adding a family feel to the
tour opener in Whangarei on June 3.
Coach Clayton McMillan will call on
Gatland to steer the side comprising mainly
unheralded provincial players in expansive
They want to provide the tourists with a taste
of what they can expect for the following five
“ We have picked the base of a team that is
capable of playing an entertaining brand of
rugby which fits with the Baa Baas tradition
of innovation and flair and playing with pure
guts and heart,” McMillan said.
McMillan has unveiled 19 players, with the
remainder of the squad to be confirmed.
Another stand-out feature is an inclusion of
at least one player from each of the 14 NPC
Veteran flanker Peter Rowe is the sole
Heartland Championship, the 35-year-old
having skippered Whanganui to Meads Cup
honours last year.
“It was important to us in selecting this
team that it was truly representative of New
Zealand,” McMillan said.
“It wasn’t an easy task, the amount of talent
considered is testament to how strong New
Zealand rugby is now. We believe we have
found a mix of upcoming players and hardened
provincial stalwarts to make an exciting team.”
Four of the forwards boast Super Rugby
experience, albeit limited, along with Taranaki
back Johnny Fa’auli. The Chiefs second five-
eighth had impressed in his rookie season
until being handed a recent four-week ban for
a high tackle.
Thirteen of the squad have previously
represented either New Zealand Schools, New
Zealand under-20s or the Maori All Blacks.
For wards Josh Goodhue and Matt Matich
will both represent host union Northland at
Toll Stadium while there are also two players
each from Taranaki, Waikato and Counties-
NZ Provincial Barbarians.—
Jonathan Taumateine (Counties Manukau),
Jack Stratton (Canterbury), Bryn Gatland
(North Harbour), Jonathan Fa’auli (Taranaki),
Jonah L owe (Hawke’s Bay), Sevuloni
Reece (Waikato), Luteru Laulala (Counties
Manukau), Junior Ngaluafe (Southland).
Forwards: Aiden Ross (Bay of Plenty), Tolu
Fahamokioa (Wellington), Sam Anderson-
Heather (Otago), Epalahame Faiva (Waikato),
Marcel Renata (Auckland), Q uinten Strange
(Tasman), Joshua Goodhue (Northland),
Heiden Bedwell-Curtis (Manawatu),
Mitchell Brown (Taranaki), Matthew Matich
(Northland), Peter Rowe (Wanganui).
Lydia Ko can at least
keep her enemies close as
the squeeze goes on her
world No 1 ranking again
this week in Hawaii.
Playing her last LPGA
event as a teenager, the
New Zealander’s 76-week
run as the world’s top-
ranked player could come
to an end at the Lotte
Championship in Oahu.
Jutanugarn has been in
hot pursuit of Ko this
season and has been
joined by new world
Korea, who climbed a
spot following her victory
at last week’s ANA
Inspiration, the first major
of the year.
The trio have been
grouped together for the
first two rounds at the
Ko Olina course.
Victory for either of
Ko’s rivals will give them a
chance to claim top spot,
with the New Zealand
19-year-old having failed
to win since last July. Ryu,
26, is riding a streak of
eight consecutive top-
seven finishes dating back
to last season.
Jutanugarn, 21, pipped
Ko as LPGA player of
the year in 2016 and had
spent 35 consecutive
weeks ranked second
before being overtaken
Ryu leads this season’s
points race from
Jutanugarn, with Ko 21st.
The New Zealander
has lodged three
top-10 finishes in
six tournaments and
was 11th at the ANA
Inspiration, one week
after missing the cut at
another California event.
Leading women’s golf
rankings.— Lydia Ko
(NZ) 9.26 average points
1; So Yeon Ryu (Korea)
8.35, 2; Aryia Jutanugarn
(Thailand) 8.18, 3; In Gee
Chun (Korea) 6.55, 4;
Lexi Thompson (USA)
6.53, 5; Shanshan Feng
(China) 6.14, 6; Inbee
Park (Korea) 6.06, 7.
Potential Lions captain Sam Warbuton will
miss around six weeks of the season after
suffering a knee injury.
However, the Wales flanker should be fit to
take his place in the British and Irish Lions
squad if he is named on April 17, his Cardiff
Blues coach Danny Wilson added.
“Sam has a low grade medial strain which
will put him out for approximately six weeks,
which won’t interfere with the Lions,” Wilson
“ You see players who get back quickly if
they follow religiously the protocol and they
get a bit of luck. And I am sure that will be
the case with Sam in terms of him following
the protocol, and then we will see, all being
well, how quickly he can come back. ‘Low
grade’ was the important bit of news.”
Warburton suffered the injury in Blues’
24-24 draw with Ulster on Friday. He
hobbled off and the damage was subsequently
revealed by a scan.
Warburton, who has won 74 caps for
Wales and skippered the Lions in Australia
in 2013, has impressed for club and country
this season and has been tipped by four-times
Lions coach Sir Ian McGeechan to lead the
side again in New Zealand.
Although any injury is unfortunate, a period
of rest could work in his favour ahead of the
first game on June 3 against the New Zealand
Provincial Barbarians, after an arduous season
with Cardiff and Wales.
The first test of three is on June 24.
Fury says Parker world’s best champion
Injured Warburton in doubt for Lions tour
Gatland in Baa Baas to face Lions
No 1 squeeze
The Melbourne Rebels and Western
Force have been offered more time to
state their case for Super Rugby sur vival
extending the SANZAAR saga through
The decision on which Australian
franchise to scrap from the competition
was due tomorrow but ARU chairman
Cameron Clyne says a decision will now
be made after the Easter break.
SANZAAR first forecast three
franchises — two from South Africa and
one from Australia — would be removed
as part of a restructure to a 15-team
competition format in 2018 seven weeks
Earlier RUPA chief executive Ross
Xenos said drawing the saga out further
has continued the “enormous stress”
placed on Melbourne Rebels and Western
The players’ union boss said ongoing
uncertainty had increased the toll on the
affected players after a legal challenge by
the Force prompted the ARU to revise
their 72-hour deadline on announcing
which franchise is to be axed.
Players are almost certain to have to
wait until at least next Tuesday for a
decision and Xenos hopes it will come
sooner rather than later.
“ We’ve obviously seen some legal action
and both teams fighting hard for their
futures and that ’s understandable, but
from a player perspective that is taking
a bit of a cost in terms of our players
remaining in limbo,” Xenos said.
While contracted players will be
allowed to see out their deals at clubs of
their choice, there is about 30 without
contracts beyond 2017 whose careers are
up in the air. The ARU has asked clubs
not to negotiate new deals with non-
Wallabies while the competition’s future
“They ’re being patient but at some point
that patience is going to be tested,” Xenos
said. “ We know the last few months have
put enormous stress on the wellbeing of
Xenos said the current uncertainty had
made overseas rugby more attractive for
Australian players and could contribute
to a further exodus to European clubs.
“ We’d like to see Australian rugby put
for ward a proposition that playing rugby
here is the best experience in the world,”
“At the moment uncertainty doesn’t
provide a platform for that experience to
compete with Europe and that ’s why we’d
like to see a resolution sooner rather than
later.” — AAP
institution has thrown its
support behind rugby in
New Zealand, in the wake
of All Blacks star Sonny
Bill Williams covering up
a bank logo on his Blues
ASB, already an All
Blacks sponsor, has
announced it will sponsor
this year’s Lions tour.
ASB executive general
manager marketing Roger
Beaumont said under the
terms of its contract with
New Zealand Rugby, the
sporting body allocated
players to sponsors for
promotional purposes, “so
which individual players
we use is not something
we have any influence
“ We are aware of the
clause for some players’
contracts and respect
the fact that there will
be players with diverse
backgrounds and beliefs,”
he said. “As an All
Blacks and Lions tour
sponsor, our commercial
relationship is with the
team and the tour rather
than individual players.”
In addition to
sponsoring the tour, ASB
will be the sponsor of
the 500-strong group of
volunteers who will assist
in running the series, and
will be giving more than
25 student rugby players
a chance to attend a pre-
match captain’s run and a
leadership breakfast with
former All Blacks.
comes after Sonny Bill
Williams covered up the
BNZ logo on his Blues
jersey with tape during his
Super Rugby comeback
against the Highlanders
in D unedin on Saturday.
It was done due to
Williams’ religious beliefs,
invoking a conscientious
objection clause in his
contract with New
A New Zealand Rugby
spokesman said any
player could lodge a
to promoting finance,
alcohol, tobacco, gambling
companies and banks.
— New Zealand Herald
New Zealand surfer Ella Williams
continues to make every wave a winner
in elite company in Australia.
Williams has scraped through to the
second round of the Championship
Tour event at Bells Beach in Victoria,
having qualified for a wildcard spot in
the field a day earlier.
The 22-year-old took a punt by trying
to qualify for the Rip Curl Women’s Pro,
the third leg of the world series, rather
than continue to battle points on the
world qualifying series circuit.
It has paid off in spades, with the
Whangamata athlete “stoked” firstly to
qualify, before sur viving the Wednesday
cull from 18 to 12 surfers who will
contest the second round.
Williams needed a top-two finish from
her three-woman heat to advance.
She finished well behind defending
champion Tyler Wright, who tallied
17.00 from her two best-scoring waves.
Williams left it until late to record her
best ride, earning 4.10 points and a two-
wave tally of 6.53. That pipped another
Australian, Laura Enever, who posted
Williams, who has struggled for form
in her fourth year on the qualifying
series, said she was well prepared for
conditions at Bells Beach, having
undergone lengthy preparation on the
customary large swells there this month.
ARU delays axing decision
Williams survives first
round in Victoria
ASB to sponsor
All Blacks-Lions series
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