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Former All Blacks player and
coach Peter Burke, who has died
at the age of 90, has been hailed
for his contribution to rugby in
New Zealand Rugby chairman
Brent Impey described that
contribution as “immense”.
“After a dedicated playing career,
Peter continued his involvement
for decades to follow as a coach
and administrator; our game is
better off because of men like
Peter,” Impey said.
“O ur thoughts are with his
family and the Taranaki rugby
community at this time.”
A lock and No 8, Burke
played 12 matches for the All
Blacks between 1951 and 1959,
including three tests, all against
Australia. He was also a Taranaki
centurion, running out 117 times
for the province and was captain
in 1958 during a Ranfurly Shield
After hanging up his boots,
Burke ser ved as a selector and
assistant coach of Taranaki, and
tasted more Ranfurly Shield
success as the union enjoyed their
most successful Shield run.
Burke coached the All Blacks
in 1981 and 1982, and his 11
matches in charge included series
wins over the Springboks and the
He went on to serve as New
Zealand Rugby Union president
in 1994 and received a New
Zealand Order of Merit in 1997
for ser vices to sport.
In 2008, he was named a life
member of New Zealand Rugby.
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A rider has been arrested for
mechanical doping after being
caught using a forbidden motor
at an amateur race in France, the
nation’s cycling federation (FFC)
“Unfortunately, the outcome of
this operation confirms what was
feared about the possible use of this
kind of fraud in the amateur area,
which is a real insult to our sport
and to all the competitors who carry
out their activity in full honesty,”
FFC chief Michel Callot said in a
The rider, who was not identified,
was caught yesterday in tests
after a third-category event in
Saint-Michel-de-Double in south-
western France, and has reportedly
admitted to using a hidden motor.
The 43-year-old rider raised
suspicion with strong performances
and that the police acted upon
a tip-off from the French anti-
doping agency. Speculation around
mechanical doping has been around
since 2010. Last year a Belgian rider
was caught at the cyclo-cross world
championships and banned for six
years. An Italian veteran was caught
Bikes are frequently checked at
races, and Callot said the FFC uses
thermal cameras and also completely
The world governing body UCI
has used magnetic tablets, and its
new president David Lappartient
has said that new methods will also
be introduced to combat mechanical
Callot called for an action plan and
appealed to the UCI and the French
sports ministry to fight mechanical
doping in professional cycling and
the amateur area.
“It is about the credibility of an
entire sport and its future,” he said.
Cyclist caught using hidden motor
The Greymouth High School boys’
senior basketball side scored a win
and a loss in the opening games of the
Schick A basketball championships in
Palmerston North this week.
In the first game against Manukura,
Greymouth High School came out
strongly with a 1-3 -1 half court press
and zone combination on defence, which
helped keep Manukura outside and
shooting from the perimeter, however
they managed to make their shots. In a
tight match Greymouth won, 88-81.
Greymouth were drilled on offence,
with Tom Fahey managing to drive
through with ease.
In the second quarter, Greymouth
pulled away and had a double-digit lead
The school side maintained their zone
press combination and this helped keep
the opposition shooting the perimeter.
All players shot the free-throw well
and the team combined for 29/36 free
throws and held off a fourth quarter
comeback by Manukura and closed
out the game keeping their cool, with
Manukura getting two technical fouls.
Tom Fahey top scored with 34 points,
with Liam Williamson backing up with
22, and Chester Mama and Kieran
Russell 15 and 13 respectively.
Greymouth’s second outing was
against the top seed Stratford High
This team narrowly beat Manukura
at the North Island qualifiers final and
so a close game was expected, however
Greymouth High School went down
The first quarter was even, with
both teams making tough shots, the
second quarter saw the bigger and
longer Stratford do much better on the
Greymouth made some unforced
errors with passing, leaving them at
half-time down by 13. The deficit was
not insurmountable, but the score blew
out in the third quarter.
Greymouth were tired and could
not get into a rhythm, and Stratford
capitalised on this, suffocating their
offence and in turn Greymouth were flat
in their defence.
Stratford were able to get easy fast
break buckets and the third quarter was
lost by more than 20.
The silver lining to the poor
performance in the first half were strong
performances by Jack Olsen, especially,
with some tidy work inside and a three-
Also, Zeal Calvert impressed by
pushing the transition basketball and
made some crisp assist passes.
Stratford also ran their bench which
saw Grey High pull back some of the
lead, however the damage had been
done in the third quarter.
Greymouth were to play Te Kuiti
High School this morning and Nga
Taiatea Wharekura this evening.
If Greymouth manage to win the next
three games they will be in a strong
position and likely position to qualify
second in their pool, giving them a
chance of making the finals.
Played in atrocious
conditions, the West
Coast under-15 boys’
hockey team battled
out to a loss against
Canterbury in their first
game of the national
hockey tournament in
Invercargill this week.
It was a tight encounter
and West Coast got off to
a good start with a strong
A first shot at goal by
Reuben Campbell set the
Despite several further
attempts West Coast
remained scoreless at
half-time, but worked
tirelessly in defence to
deny Canterbury any
With the score at 0-0
at the break, it meant
both teams had a point
to prove in the next 30
West Coast, despite top
defender Josh Levien
and goalie Hamish
Tomlinson stopping the
many times, Canterbury
slipped three goals
between the sticks.
Guy Wilkins worked
well under pressure in the
midfield, well supported
by Rowan Neilsen and
This afternoon West
Coast were to play
Dustin Martin’s romp to a second
successive Jack Dyer Medal was a
fitting finale to a stunning AFL
season for him and Richmond.
Both Martin and the newly-
crowned premiers are hungry for
Martin added the Tigers’ best-
and-fairest award to his historic
Brownlow Medal, premiership
medallion and Norm Smith Medal
treble at a ceremony at Crown
Palladium last night.
The 26-year-old has taken all
before him this season, also winning
major media awards and AFL
Players’ Association and Coaches’
Association awards, as well as
earning his second All-Australian
He spearheaded Richmond’s
amazing resurgence from 13th
last year to a 48-point grand final
thumping of Adelaide to claim the
club’s 11th flag.
“I ’m just super proud. It ’s been an
amazing journey and this is just the
beginning — we ’ve got plenty of
good times ahead,” Martin told the
“ It ’s been a massive year, one of
the best years of my life, it ’s just
awesome. We’re still pinching
ourselves that we won the
premiership this year. But it ’s been
awesome and we all deser ve it.
“ I just loved getting out there
with the boys and playing footy
(this year). You don’t have to think
about all the other crap in your life
for two hours ... I just get out there
and do what I’ve loved doing since
I was five or six.”
Martin claimed the award ahead
of Alex Rance in second place and
Kane Lambert third.
Skipper Trent Cotchin, who
had earlier revealed he planned to
give up the captaincy if the Tigers
did not make the finals this year,
He led the toast for Martin after
he was presented with his latest
“ I think the greatest thing about
Dusty is the fact that he was quick
to shy away from the Brownlow
hype, he was quick to put away his
Norm Smith Medal and just bask
in the glory of the premiership
medal,” Cotchin said.
“ It’s all that he’s about, he’s all
about the team and that ’s why we
love him so much.”
Cotchin shares Martin’s belief
that more success is to come for this
Premiership coach Damien
Hardwick’s voice shook with
emotion when he reflected on what
they had been able to achieve in his
address to the crowd.
“ I’m just so bloody proud of
this football club and this playing
group,” Hardwick said.
“This club did something
achieved something built on care
and unity unlike anything I’ve ever
seen before in my time in football.
unbreakable and their belief
Ever the showman, Jack Riewoldt
joined the band to close the evening
with a rendition of The Killers’ Mr
Brightside, which he ended with an
emphatic mic drop.
Japan will have
coach John Plumtree
on their staff when they
take on Australia and
France in rugby tests in
Plumtree will be the
Brave Blossoms’ defence
coach for a three-match
programme starting with
a game against a World
XV in Fukuoka on
“I see my coaching
future as being firmly
with the Hurricanes, but
I jumped at the chance
when Japan approached
me about the prospect of
coaching at international
level,” he said. “It’s a
great opportunity to
be exposed to a new
culture and new ways of
Japan have two other
New Zealanders as their
coach and assistant
coach in Jamie Joseph
and Tony Brown.
Plumtree said working
with the pair would add
to the knowledge and
experience he could take
back the Hurricanes.
A former coach of
South African Super
Rugby side the Sharks,
Plumtree has previously
experience as Ireland’s
Japan hosts Australia
at Yokohama on
November 4 and face
France in Lille three
PICTURE: Getty Images
Tigers Dustin Martin is hoisted by Trent Cotchin as players and their head coach Damien Hardwick celebrate winning Saturday’s AFL grand final, at Punt Road
Oval on Sunday in Melbourne.
The inclusion of Argentina into
competition has left Australia, New
Zealand and South Africa stretched
when they go on their end of year
tours to Europe, All Blacks coach
Steve Hansen said today.
The South Americans were added
to the Rugby Championship five
years ago and founded the Jaguares
franchise to play in Super Rugby
After New Zealand capped their
fifth Southern Hemisphere title
victory in six years with a 36-10 win
over Argentina in Buenos Aires,
Hansen said that the extra travel
was taking its toll.
“The long distances are always
tough but since Argentina were
brought into the competition the
travel has become a big thing.
“ We pay a price, not so much
in this competition, but when
we go on the end of year tour (to
Europe),” he said after arriving
from a two-day, three-flight and
seven time zone trip to Cape Town,
where his side take on South Africa
“Australia, South Africa and
ourselves are doing the same so it ’s
no coincidence that since the travel
has been greater, that the results
have started to change a bit up
To try and counter the fatigue,
Hansen left six key players out of
the trip to Argentina with lock Sam
Whitelock, loose for wards Liam
Squire and Sam Cane, and backs
Lima Sopoaga and Ryan Crotty
arriving in South Africa last Friday.
supposed to be part of the group
but has stayed at home in New
Zealand after his wife miscarried.
Vaea Fifita, Ngani Laumape,
Waisake Naholo, Luke Romano
and Ardie Savea — who all
featured in the win on Sunday —
have returned straight home.
“ We struggled at times last year,
this is the hardest time of the year
for us, so we are just trying to think
outside the box and think of ways
to keep the players fresh,” Hansen
“ We’re learning as we go along
and that ’s why we are trying
something a little different this
time by splitting the group. We
could have taken 32 here and 32
to Argentina but we’ve decided to
only bring 28 and some guys to one
venue and not both.
“ Is that going to work? I don’t
know. We’ ll have to wait and see
once we’re finished in Cardiff to see
whether it has worked or not.”
After their last game in the Rugby
Championship at Newlands on
Saturday, the world champions
play the Barbarians in London
on November 4, France in Paris
on November 11, the French
Barbarians in Lyon on November
14; Scotland at Murrayfield on
November 18 and then Wales on
November 25. — Reuters
The New Zealand Defence Force
team has finished the Invictus
Games in Canada with its highest
The 24-strong team picked up
11 medals during the eight days of
competition in Toronto.
They included three gold, two for
Afghanistan veteran Major Craig
Wilson in indoor rowing.
The other gold went to Army
Reser ve Staff Sergeant Vanessa
Team captain Jason Pore says that,
for the New Zealanders, the games
were not about medals, but about
doing their best for themselves and
“Making the finals has been an
added bonus to the success of their
individual achievements at the
games, and making it on to the
podium has added to their personal
successes,” he said.
“The medals won have been for
the team, their families and for
New Zealand. ”
The Invictus Games, previously
held in 2014 and 2016, are the only
international adaptive sporting
event for injured, ill and wounded
ser vicemen and women and
This year’s event attracted more
than 550 competitors from 17
Greymouth High School opens basketball champs with win, loss
Ex-All Blacks coach dead at 90
Defence Force wins 11 medals
Melbourne bolter Felise Kaufusi
has been confirmed as one of seven
Storm players named in Australia’s
24-man squad for the upcoming
Rugby League World Cup.
Kaufusi is one of six rookies
included by coach Mal Meninga,
Cameron Munster and Jordan
McLean also selected.
Uncapped trio Dane Gagai,
Wade Graham and Tom Trbojevic
are in the squad as well.
Billy Slater returns three years
after his most recent appearance
in the green and gold, while
NSW State of Origin skipper
Boyd Cordner has been appointed
Cameron Smith’s deputy.
The most glaring omissions
were Blues pair Josh Jackson and
James Tedesco, the latter of whom
scored a hat-trick in the traditional
Prime Minster’s XIII match two
Ferguson was also dropped due to
The Kaufusi selection is the
biggest surprise, however Meninga
insists the Storm second-rower
deser ved recognition for an
outstanding season with the NRL
“Breakout year, on the verge of
making Origin this year, 18th
man for Queensland, outstanding
back end of the year,” Meninga
said of Kaufusi today.
with Cooper (Cronk) and Will
Chambers on that right edge for
the Storm. He’s a big body, can play
in the middle, he helps balance the
footy team out.”
Meninga also said it was difficult
to pick Tedesco, who is now likely
to turn out for Italy, ahead of
Slater, Darius Boyd and the more
versatile Trbojevic and Gagai.
“ We’ve got a great array of
fullbacks playing our competition
at the moment and we’ve got the
Clive Churchill fullback in Billy
Slater. He had a terrific Origin
series,” Meninga said.
“ We’ve got the incumbent in
Darius Boyd; never lost a test
match in the green and gold jersey.
“There was just such a difficult
decision but I think it come down
to the versatility and around
the ability to play a number of
The only omitted player Meninga
called was Ferguson.
“O bviously he was clearly upset.
He’s been a great player for the
green and gold but I had to be
honest with him around his form
and he accepted that. We move
on,” he said.
Boyd’s selection is subject to
a medical clearance, with Josh
Mansour on standby.
The Kangaroos’ gather in Sydney
on Thursday before departing for
an exhibition match against Papua
New Guinea and Fiji on October
Their first World Cup game is
against England on October 27.
Kangaroos squad. — Darius Boyd,
Will Chambers, Boyd Cordner
(vice capt), Cooper Cronk, Josh
Dugan, Andrew Fifita, Tyson
Frizell, Dane Gagai, Matt Gillett,
Wade Graham, Valentine Holmes,
Ben Hunt, Felise Kaufusi, David
Klemmer, Josh McGuire, James
Maloney, Jordan McLean, Michael
Morgan, Cameron Munster, Billy
Slater, Cameron Smith (capt), Jake
Trbojevic, Tom Trbojevic, Aaron
Woods. — NZN
Extra travel taking toll on
southern teams: Hansen
Kaufusi bolts into Kangaroos squad
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