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All Blacks assistant
head coach Ian Foster
and for wards coach
Mike Cron have been
recommitted to the
national side through to
the 2019 Rugby World
New Zealand Rugby
chief executive officer
Steve Tew said the
re-signing of two key
members of the All
Blacks coaching brains
trust was welcome news
for New Zealand Rugby.
“ Ian Foster and Mike Cron continue
to make invaluable contributions to
the All Blacks and their respective
roles in the team’s success in recent
years can’t be underestimated. ‘Fosie’
has lead the team’s back play and
attack, which was second to none last
year, with the All Blacks topping the
international try-scoring table with
80 tries, almost double their nearest
“Cronno has long been considered the
guru of scrum and for ward play, and
he remains one of the most innovative
coaches in the game. His commitment
to helping players improve is legendary.
“ We are delighted to both have them
re-sign with New Zealand Rugby.”
Foster, who was brought into the All
Blacks coaching group by Head Coach
Steve Hansen in 2012, said: “I’ve really
enjoyed the last five years, the successes
and challenges we’ve had as a team,
and the progress we’ve made, so it was
a natural decision for me to sign on
and commit through to the next World
Cron added: “ While our eyes are
currently on the upcoming DHL New
Zealand Lions Series, it’s exciting to
think the next Rugby World Cup is on
the horizon. It’ll be my fifth World Cup
(four with the All Blacks and one with
Wales) so that ’ll be something to look
for ward to. But more than anything, I’m
looking for ward to helping the team
grow over the next two years to get ready
All Blacks Head Coach Steve Hansen
has also praised his two fellow coaches.
“ Having ‘Fosie’ re-sign is great news.
He’s been an integral member of the All
Blacks coaching and management group
over the last five years and he brings a lot
of composure, rugby nous and intellect
to the team.
“ He’s a key member of our management
leadership team, he runs the coaching
unit and has done a fantastic job in that
regard. To know that he’s continuing
through to the end of the Rugby World
Cup in 2019 is fantastic.”
Hansen described Cron as a “master
— New Zealand Herald
Tuesday, May 23, 2017
Canterbury driver Job Quantrock in
his Mitsubishi Evo was the fastest at
the Westland Car Club’s annual Globe
Mine Hill Climb, on Saturday.
Sixteen drivers from the West Coast
and Canterbury tested their hill
climbing driving skills.
Second fastest was Dave Q uantrock
followed by Stu Weeber, both from
Jussara Kokshoorn was the best
placed Greymouth driver, in fifth place.
Graham Ferguson (Greymouth) was
the best placed two-wheel drive car
and Greymouth’s Eddie Gray was the
next best two-wheel driver and Tracey
Mann, also Greymouth, was next.
Another Greymouth driver, Tessa
Smith, drove in her first event in a
Datsun 1200 and did a great job.
PICTURES: Craig McIntosh
Canterbury driver Jason McConnell takes on Globe Hill during the Westland Car Club’s annual hill climb
race at the weekend.
Jussara Kokshoorn was the best placed Greymouth driver, finishing fifth.
conquer Globe Hill
New Zealand racing
driver Scott Dixon and
his wife are recovering
after being robbed at
gunpoint while waiting
for food at a takeaway in
the United States.
Police say Dixon
and Emma Davies
were held up by two
teenagers while at the
drive-through lane at a
Taco Bell restaurant in
Indianapolis. Also in the
car was another IndyCar
driver, Dario Franchitti.
The incident, in which
36-year-old Dixon had
a gun pointed at his
head, happened close to
the famed Indianapolis
Hours earlier, Dixon
had won pole position
for the Indy 500 to be
staged a week later.
A police report says
two males ran away after
the robbery and that two
boys, aged 15 and 14,
were later arrested.
Indy Car driver Tony
Kanaan told reporters
that Dixon was making
a food run for a group of
“ While they were
ordering with their
windows down two
guys approached at gun
point,” Kannan said.
“They held a gun at
Dixon’s head and asked
him for his wallet and
his phone. You don’t
expect that to happen,
Dixon is the 2008
Indy 500 winner and a
longtime Chip Ganassi
Racing teammate of the
“Scott Dixon and
Dario Franchitti are
completely fine after
being held up last night
by two men at a fast-
food restaurant,” the
“ We will allow the
police departments to
handle the situation
and while they conduct
their investigation we
will refrain from making
any further comments
to allow Scott to focus
on the upcoming
Dixon, a four-time Indy
Car series winner, has
not commented since the
However, he posted a
picture on Twitter with
his young family saying:
“ What an intense day.
Massive thank you to the
New Zealand spurned late chances to
draw 0-0 with Vietnam in a frustrating
start to the FIFA Under-20 World Cup
tournament in South Korea.
The Junior All Whites finished the
game the stronger of the two sides but
could not find a way to unlock opponents
who are probably the most beatable in
The Oceania champions, who have set
the goal of improving on the round of 16
exit when they hosted the tournament
two years ago, finished the stronger of
the two sides at the Cheonan Sports
Substitute L ogan Rogerson made a
telling impact in the final 20 minutes.
He hit a powerful shot which was
well-saved by the Vietnamese keeper
Tien D ung Bui and five minutes later
delivered a tantalising cross which the
New Zealand forwards could not convert.
Another substitute, New Zealand ’s
Lucas Imrie, had a late chance to steal all
three points but his header from a Moses
Dyer pass was a tough chance and he
could not finish.
Vietnam, making their debut at this
level, frustrated the New Zealanders with
a determined defensive display but also
produced some late chances of their own.
Group favourites and European
champions France opened with a 3-0
defeat of Honduras.
The Junior All Whites next face
Honduras in Cheonan on Thursday.
Former Moto GP
died in hospital
overnight, five days
after he was hit by
a car while training
on his bicycle.
Hayden was 35.
Hospital in Cesena,
where Hayden had been since the collision
last Wednesday, made the announcement.
Hayden had severe cerebral damage and
multiple traumatic injuries.
“The medical team has verified the death
of the patient Nicholas Patrick Hayden,
who has been undergoing care since last
Wednesday, May 17 in the intensive care unit
of the Bufalini Hospital in Cesena following
a very serious polytrauma which occurred the
same day,” the hospital statement said.
Hayden was training on the Rimini coast
following a motorcycle race at nearby Imola.
The black Peugeot car that hit Hayden
had its front windshield smashed. Judicial
authorities have opened an investigation into
the incident and questioned the 30-year-old
driver of the Peugeot.
Hayden won the Moto GP title in 2006,
finishing narrowly ahead of Italian great
In a Moto GP career spanning 2003-16
with Honda and Ducati, Hayden posted
three victories and 28 podium finishes in
218 races. After switching to the World
Superbike championship last year, Hayden
finished fifth overall.
Hayden was 13th in Superbike this season,
riding for the Red Bull Honda team.
“ I’m shattered after the news. We will never
forget you!” wrote three-time Moto GP
world champion Marc Marquez.
“Always in my heart, champ. RIP Nicky.
#69,” wrote Moto GP standout Dani
Hayden was born in Owensboro, Kentucky.
Several family members had flown in from
the United States, including Hayden’s mother
and brother. — Reuters
Ex-MotoGP champion Nicky Hayden dies
Junior All Whites draw opener
Mike Cron, left, Steve Hansen and Ian Foster.
British and Irish Lions captain Sam
Warburton says he is fully fit and ready
to “crack on” for the New Zealand tour.
Wales flanker Warburton has not
played since suffering a knee injury early
last month, but he is firmly on course
to potentially lead the Lions in next
week’s tour opener against a Provincial
“I am fully fit, which is good,”
Warburton, speaking at the Lions
training base in Kildare, Ireland, said.
“Last week in the camp in Wales I was
pretty much doing everything apart from
just the last little bit of contact stuff. But
today I trained fully.
“ We did full contact, and I was
absolutely fine. That ’s is all the boxes
ticked, and now I can crack on.”
Warburton will lead a squad packed
with international talent, although one
of its biggest names — England No 8
Billy Vunipola — dealt the Lions a major
blow when he withdrew on Sunday due
to a shoulder problem.
“Billy was one of the guys I was
really looking for ward to playing with
who I hadn’t played alongside before,”
Warburton added. “ He has been a
massive player for Saracens. It is a big
loss for us, but James (Haskell) coming
in — I think only Rory Best and Alun
Wyn Jones have got more caps than him
in the squad - means we are very lucky.
He is a player who I think will have a
massive impact on this tour. ”
Warburton is relishing taking charge of
the New Zealand trip, which culminates
in a three-test series against world
champion All Blacks, starting at Eden
Park, Auckland on June 24.
“I am not going to be naive, I know it is
going to be more under the microscope
perhaps than four years ago,” he said.
“Four years ago, I was walking around
Melbourne and Australians were asking
me who the British and Irish Lions were.
I know there is not going to be anywhere
in New Zealand we go and that question
is going to be asked.
“That ’s great. If you asked me in my
career which Lions tour could I pick to
go on out of any of them, if I could pick
one, I would pick New Zealand, because
it ’s New Zealand.
“I personally can’t wait.”
Warburton set to tour
The Springboks will host New Zealand
in Cape Town for the first time since
2008 in the 2017 Rugby Championship,
South African Rugby confirmed as
they named the Boks’ home venues
for this year’s Southern Hemisphere
The test will take place on October
7 and will be the final match for both
teams in this year’s competition, though
the exact venue for the fixture remains
Cape Town’s traditional rugby stadium,
Newlands, must prove it meets the city’s
safety standards for such a high-profile
fixture first. The match is likely to be
moved to the more modern stadium
built for the 2010 soccer World Cup if
the 129-year-old ground cannot get the
required certification. There are concerns
over narrow walkways and insufficient
exits at Newlands, which was last
upgraded ahead of the 1995 Rugby
The Boks will also play in Bloemfontein
for the first time since 2010 when they
host Australia at the Free State Stadium
on September 30. They will open their
Rugby Championship campaign at
home against Argentina at the Nelson
Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth
on August 19.
Boks to host All Blacks
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