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New Zealand coach David Kidwell
has ruled captain Jesse Bromwich and
Kevin Proctor out of this year’s World
Cup following their drugs scandal last
The international ban is the latest blow
for the Kiwis after the pair were accused
of consuming an illegal substance after
their test loss to Australia in Canberra
Bromwich was already punished with a
two-game ban by NRL club Melbourne,
and was also forced to donate his test
match fee to charity and stood down
from the leadership group.
Proctor has yet to face sanction from
Gold Coast, however has already
stepped down from playing duties and
the captaincy of the NRL side.
An emotional Kidwell said both
players — who stand to lose $120,000
each from a maximum six games at the
World Cup — had broken his trust.
“It’s something that had been churned
out in my guts. I was really gutted,”
Kidwell said in Sydney yesterday.
“But I had to look at the integrity of
the jersey, the values that we’re trying
to build here. And they broke that trust,
and they put the integrity of that jersey
on the line.
“They were the first two people I rang
as soon as I came to this decision and
obviously they were remorseful, but
they understood the decision and they
accepted to it.” Kidwell, who has now
won just one from seven games since
taking over last year, was non-committal
on whether the duo would be considered
for the Kiwis under his watch.
“They ’re out of this campaign, it ’s
clear,” he said.
“But I’ll be working closely and
monitoring closely with their clubs to
see if they are doing what their clubs
require of them, that the NRL require
of them, and the Kiwis require of them.”
He also said there would be a review
of the team’s rules whilst in camp for
the World Cup — to be held across
Australia, New Zealand and Papua
New Guinea — including a possible
Titans chief executive Graham
Annesley on Sunday said he would
reach out to the governing body over
why there was not stricter supervision of
players whilst on representative duties.
“These are grown men, they were
professionals,” he said.
“I trust these guys, I’m not going to
begrudge them from having a beer with
their friends and family. We set an early
recovery session on there and they know
they were professionals.
“ We have to review (supervision) , and
we’re going through that process at the
A Canberra man is facing charges
for supplying the players and while
Bromwich and Proctor said they were
too drunk to remember the incident,
they could not deny the allegations.
Neither are expected to face police
charges. — N ZN
ruled out of
Kieran Foran staying at the
Warriors could produce an NRL
title for the Auckland club,
according to prominent rugby league
commentator Mathew Johns.
Speaking on today ’s Triple M
breakfast show in Sydney, Johns and
former fellow New South Wales
representative Mark Geyer talked
up halfback Foran’s importance to
Foran’s future beyond this season
has been subject to fierce conjecture,
but Johns’ words give backing to
a New Zealand Herald story last
week which suggested the tide was
turning in Foran’s future plans.
“ Word is starting to come through
that Kieran Foran is actually
considering staying in New Zealand
and not joining the Bulldogs,’’ Johns
said of the Sydney club most firmly
chasing the classy Kiwis’ signature
for next year.
Geyer said while he would feel
for the Bulldogs, if they miss their
man but “for his own personal sake
I think where he is, is best for him’’.
Foran’s children live in Sydney
and it had been assumed he would
head back to Sydney at the end of
this season. However, there are
suggestions Foran is happy at the
Warriors and may be rethinking
plans to return across the Tasman.
don’t know that situation
(Foran’s children). I’m talking purely
about rugby league,’’ hardman Geyer
“It’s like he never stopped playing
rugby league for that 12 months.
“He’s an unbelievable player and
being over in New Zealand is where
he should be if he wants to go better
Foran missed last season with
injuries and has worked his way back
from off-field issues.
“I don’t want to talk about the
personal side,’’ Johns said.
‘’From a football point of view, if
he was to sign a three-year contract
with the Warriors I believe in that
three years they ’ll win a competition.
“He makes that much of a
difference and I reckon the Warriors
are just one high-class for ward away
from winning the competition.’’
— N ZM E -New Zealand Herald
Foran could help Warriors to NRL title — Johns
Women’s football resumed action
on Sunday with two more games
at Arthur Fong Park.
The early kick-off had the
Dragons up against Westland
United. Westland came out
strongly in the first half,
dominating possession and
with their for wards putting the
Dragons goal under constant
pressure Westland went on to take
the honours, 2-1.
In the second game in a row,
Dragon’s goalkeeper Amanda
Curry earned their player of
the day putting in another top
Westland will feel that they
did not make the most of their
finishing, but they did manage
two goals from Kat Curnow and
Haley Pugh to lead 2-0 at half-
In the second half the Dragons
introduced some fresh legs, and
with a more determined display
they were able to pull one goal
back through Amelia Howe, who
is now the league’s top scorer with
three goals for the season.
However, it was too little too late,
and Westland held out for the win.
Jess Jackson, at centre back,
earned Westland ’s player of the
In the second game, Goblins
faced the Comets. This was a close
game in the first half, the teams
going in 1-1 at the break.
The Comets suffered an early
injury after 10 minutes and were
forced to play with a player down
for the remainder of the game.
Sarah Burdon held the defence
well, with good support from India
Fenn and Helen Reij.
In the second half, an own
goal from the Goblins gave the
momentum to the Comets, who
were able to go on to score two
more goals, for the game to finish
Goblins showed strength in
defence, with Maka Manuel
holding the line well. Maya
Willman also put in a great
performance for the Goblins,
earning their player of the day.
The Comets’ goal scorers were
Georgia Goddard, Lammie
Lamason and Jacinta Borer.
Georgia Goddard’s performance
earned the Comets’ player of the
Westland will look to continue
their good form into their next
game against the Comets, which
has the early kick off of noon on
Sunday. With the Comets on six
points and Westland United on
four, a win for Westland will earn
them the First Round Trophy, but
Comets will be hard to beat.
In the second game at 1.15pm,
Goblins will play the Dragons.
Goblins’ Ella Beirne, right, goes up against Sarah Burdon from the Comets in women’s football played
at the weekend.
Women’s football season kicks off
Central Pulse returned to their miserly
best with a 55-37 win over the Northern
Stars in Auckland to cement third place in
the national premiership.
Boasting the tightest defence in the
league, the Pulse had lost their way with
defeats against the two teams above them
— the Steel and the Magic — in the last
Any frustration they felt was taken out on
the fifth-placed Stars, whose two only wins
in their maiden season have come against
the winless Tactix.
The visitors won the first and last quarters
by just two goals each but dominated the
middle stanzas, when their attack matched
the effectiveness of their defence.
Sixteen-year-old goal attack Tiana
Metuarau enjoyed her most prolific outing,
shooting 31 from 36 attempts.
Accomplished goal shoot Cathrine
Tuivaiti was happy to distribute the load,
finishing with 22 from 23.
Wing attack Whitney Souness was again
their most effective attacking midcourter
while all of the Pulse players contributed to
a strangling defence.
The key figure was Silver Ferns skipper
Katrina Grant, who pulled off 12
Once the ball made it into the shooting
circle, Stars goal shoot Maia Wilson landed
31 from 38 but fellow shooter Malia Vaka
put up just nine shots.
The Stars need a strong finish to their
campaign if they are to break up a semi-
final lineup which increasingly looks like
comprising the Steel, Magic, Pulse and
Northern Mystics. — NZ N
Pulse returns to winning form against Stars
PICTURE: Getty Images
Fa’amu Iaone of the Stars secures a pass under pressure from Claire Kersten of the
Ulster winger Charles Piutau has been
named players’ player of the year at the Pro
12 season-ending awards in D ublin.
Seventeen-test All Blacks back Piutau
capped a vibrant season in which he
championship in a number of attacking
The 25-year-old was also named in the
European league’s dream team, along
with former Crusaders first five-eighth
who plays for
Piutau left New Zealand rugby in 2015,
playing a season for English club Wasps in
which he also impressed, scoring eight tries.
When Glenn Sutton stopped running
to touch the sea at Saint Clair beach
early yesterday he had completed more
than 10 marathons back-to-back in
under three days.
The 43-year-old D unedin joiner ended
his 427km run from Haast beach to
Saint Clair at 1.25am.
He had picked up a pebble from the
Haast beach surf on Friday and carried
it with him on his run.
The more than 67-hour journey had its
highs and lows, he said.
He was “pretty beaten up’’ on the final
stretch home from Green Island.
“I was battling away — I hadn’t
been eating properly and I started
hallucinating in Concord.’’ The visions
included “seeing ’’ people hiding in the
bushes and trying to talk to them.
The first time the run became
difficult was between Raes Junction
and Beaumont, when he was “cold and
hungry’’ and needed a 20-minute sleep
to “come right’’ before getting back on
A euphoric moment was running
between Makarora and the The Neck
between Lakes Wanaka and Hawea at
“It was beautiful — the sun was
going down, the lake was a mirror and
snow was on the mountains.’’ About
70 people, mostly friends and family,
greeted him on the Esplanade yesterday.
The support had been “`humbling’’and
people showing signs of support along
the way was “fantastic’’.
When he got home about 2.30am
yesterday, he had a shower to warm his
muscles and went to bed but his sleep
was hampered by soreness.
“I couldn’t get comfy.’’ He had a week
off work to “put his feet up’’ to watch the
He was walking “like a 90-year-old
man’’ yesterday but was injury-free and
hopeful to be running again within the
“It hasn’t put me off at all and I’d do it
again — the whole experience was really
cool.’’ — Otago Daily Times
PICTURE: Otago Daily Times
Long-distance runner Glenn Sutton attends to a blister in Dunedin yesterday after his run
from Haast beach to Saint Clair beach, Dunedin.
Runner completes Haast to Dunedin run
A stalwart of the New Zealand rowing
scene is moving to Westport and plans
to invigorate rowing in the district.
Jack Collin, who coached Nelson-
raised Olympic double sculler Brenda
Lawson when she rowed for the Nelson
Rowing Club, said the Westport club
had been in recess for about five years
and he wanted to get it rowing again.
Collin, now in his 70s, has been
involved in high performance rowing in
Nelson for the past 36 years.
He told the Greymouth Star he
would be chasing young and old
Currently, school age rowers train for
four years and then leave the district.
“If I get the kids and their parents, we
will have the parents for a longer time
which will help keep the club afloat,”
Once he got the Westport club going
again he would be turning his attention
to revitalising school rowing.
Getting the boats to use was not going
to be a problem as some were available
in Westport and he had access to others
from his old club in Nelson.
Piutau named players’ player of the year at Pro 12 awards
NZ rowing coach
moves to Westport
Both the Hurricanes and Crusaders
admit a different mindset is needed
as they brace for the demands of a
high-stakes New Zealand derby in
The two most dominant teams in
Super Rugby this season square off
on Saturday and say a mental shift is
required after a series of lop-sided wins
against offshore opposition.
Unbeaten through 10 rounds, the
Crusaders have averaged more than
50 points per game in their last six,
including the 62-24 drubbing of the
Bulls in Pretoria over the weekend.
That streak has not included a New
Wins earlier in the season over the
Highlanders (30-27) and Blues (33-24)
required dramatic Crusaders fightbacks
after having ceded a sizeable lead.
The Hurricanes’ one loss from nine
games was to the Chiefs in week three.
With All Blacks first five-eighth
Beauden Barrett conducting
attacking tour de force, the defending
champions have powered in for 63 tries
Hurricanes assistant coach Jason
Holland admits it all changes this week
against a confident Crusaders side who
have surprised him with their wide
attack in 2017.
“In all these New Zealand derbies,
you can feel the boys drive the intensity
a little bit more than the coaches,”
“It’s great to be playing them because
they ’re on top of the table and we’re not
“Attack-wise they ’re pretty accurate
in what they ’re doing at the moment.
They ’ve got a lot of threats but the
first thing we have to attack is their
After three successive
romps against struggling South
African outfits, Crusaders coach Scott
Robertson expects the Hurricanes to be
on a different tier.
The biggest difference will be at the
end of the game, when the Crusaders
have become used to piling on points.
“The Bulls clearly struggled with the
tempo, with how quickly we could play,”
“For me, really clearly, the South
African teams need to be fitter.
“Super Rugby’s a fast game, it’s a game
with a high skill level. You make errors
when you’re fatigued.” Neither team
have emerged with any fresh injuries
from the weekend.
Holland said Hurricanes skipper
Dane Coles did nothing over the
weekend so had no update on the test
hooker’s recovery from a head knock
and a calf tear. — NZN
Derby has Hurricanes
and Crusaders buzzing
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