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All Black Wyatt Crockett and NZRU chief executive officer Steve Tew rekindle the flame at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at the
Arc de Triomphe, today in Paris. e flame is rekindled each day in a special ceremony by the Committee of the Flame. e Unknown
Soldier who died in World War One was buried in January 1921 and the flame has burned on his tomb since November 1923.
Sonny Bill Williams is
back in the Kiwis second
row as they look to wrap
up World Cup pool play
with a comprehensive
win against Papua New
Guinea on Saturday.
Williams suffered a
few bumps and bruises
against Samoa last week,
especially to his pride
when he slipped over
the dead-ball line while
making a solo run for a
Coach Stephen Kearney
said the match against
PNG was another chance
to work on combinations.
"Particularly with the
backs and edge forwards
(Alex Glenn and
Williams), it was a matter
of getting consistency
of who guys are playing
alongside now ... at
was the idea behind
having the likes of
Dean Whare and Manu
Vatuvei back in there."
Missing from the line-
up are heavy hitters Jared
Frank Pritchard and
Pritchard is recovering
from a corked thigh and
a sore ankle. He could
have played if it was a
knockout scenario, but
Kearney decided rest was
the better option.
"With the forwards,
with Jesse Bromwich and
Sam Moa not playing
last week, it was an
opportunity to give them
a game," Kearney said.
"We re giving guys
like Simon Mannering
and Jared Waerea-
Hargreaves a rest. Right
across the whole group,
the pressure to perform
is there because guys
like Jason Nightingale,
Kevin Locke and Krisnan
Inu are waiting for an
Perhaps the feature
of the side is another
opportunity given to
Rabbitohs back Bryson
Goodwin, who looked
out of sorts in the Kiwis
opener against Samoa.
"I thought the first
game for Bryson was
a bit of a feeler and
him getting used to
the system and how we
want to defend. As a
group, we improved our
defence against France,
and Bryson defended a
lot better in that game,"
"Giving him the
opportunity ... this
match, I think that ll
help him to build that
Josh Hoffman will be in
the No 1 jersey and his
yesterday that was where
he expected to play for
the Brisbane Broncos
next year, despite the
recruitment of Bulldog
custodian Ben Barba.
Hoffman s manager,
Paul Hogan, told
reporters his client was
unhappy after Barba s
recruitment and a
subsequent claim from
Justin Hodges that
Hoffman was "not the
right guy" for fullback.
Hogan hinted that
Hoffman --- contracted
until the end of 2015 at
Brisbane --- would weigh
up his options upon his
World Cup return after
receiving other NRL
Broncos coach Anthony
Griffin said nothing
would change his "team
first" approach to picking
sides week in, week out
next year --- and he
expected Hoffman to buy
into that until at least his
New Zealand have
notched up comfortable
pool wins against Samoa
and France, while PNG
suffered a narrow defeat
against France before
crumbling 38-4 against
Samoa on Tuesday.
Kiwis: Josh Hoffman,
Dean Whare, Bryson
Goodwin, Manu Vatuvei,
Kieran Foran (captain),
Shaun Johnson, Ben
Matulino, Issac Luke,
Jesse Bromwich, Alex
Glenn, Sonny Bill
Williams, Elijah Taylor.
Moa, Sam Kasiano,
Frank-Paul Nu uausala,
Greg Eastwood, Jason
of the New Zealand Herald
e All Whites have suffered a major blow
with captain Winston Reid ruled out of the
World Cup play-off against Mexico next
e defender injured an ankle in a West
Ham training session and will miss the play-
off matches as well as West Ham s clash with
Norwich this weekend. It is a massive blow
to the New Zealand side.
ey were already huge underdogs for next
ursday s match, but Reid was the one
player that they could not afford to lose.
He has been in brilliant form for the
Hammers, his value shown by the fact the
London club were prepared to fork out
over £100,000 ($192,000) for a private
jet to ensure he could play for the club on
Saturday against Norwich and then fly to
Los Angeles in time for the All Whites
Reid s displays at the heart of defence
this season have even caught the eye of
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger, and he
has emerged as a likely target of the club,
with one report claiming the Gunners are
preparing a $12 million bid.
Reid is the one All White playing at the
highest level every week and would have
been the key to the 90 minute defensive
effort required in Mexico City next week.
ough still relatively inexperienced at
international level (he made his debut in
2010), the 25-year-old has also matured into
a strong leader, and is starting to show some
of the qualities that made Ryan Nelsen such
a great captain.
Reid s absence leaves a massive hole. Ben
Sigmund is a solid player but was badly
exposed in previous matches against
Mexico while Ivan Vicelich is 37 and has
been earmarked for a defensive midfield
Andrew Durante is an international rookie
and has had a patchy campaign for the
Phoenix this season.
All Whites coach Ricki Herbert
acknowledged losing his skipper was a blow
to the side s preparations for the two-leg
intercontinental play-off but his team would
remain focussed on the task at hand.
"Losing your captain a week before a
match of this magnitude is difficult but this
is the nature of football," Herbert said.
"With Winston now sidelined, it presents
an opportunity for other players to grasp and
we will now move for ward with the same
levels of determination and commitment our
group prides itself on."
"Every player in our squad is relishing the
challenge lying ahead and, with or without
Winston, the end goal remains the same."
LEAGUE WORLD CUP
TOUR OF SOUTHLAND
Southlander storms home
Matt Zenovich became
the first Southlander in
10 years to win a stage
in the Tour of Southland
yesterday, storming home
in the 148km Stage 3 from
Riverton to Te Anau, but
James Oram will stay in
yellow for today s pivotal
Zenovich, part of a locally
based H and Js Outdoor
World Avanti Plus team,
did a huge amount of work
as part of a group of seven
riders that broke away early.
e break, which also
featured Brad Evans (Power
Net) and Kieran Hambrook
(Ascot Park Hotel Kia
Southland) who finished
the stage second and third
respectively, had a lead
reached the Blackmount
While that was whittled
down to less than a minute,
Zenovich was never about
to relinquish his chance at a
With about 10km to go,
he and Evans went off the front
and Zenovich won the sprint
finish down Te Anau s Lakefront
"I knew Evans could sprint
better than me so I had to sit on
him ... I played dumb and told
him I couldn t do anything
the end really," he said. "It s
kind of mean, but it s the
sport, so you ve got to do it.
I m stoked, this is a pretty
big win and I m pretty happy."
Zenovich now goes to 13th
in the general classification,
but Oram and his Kiwi
team-mates did enough to
retain the yellow jersey and
an 11s lead over Joe Cooper
(Huon Salmon Genesys
Wealth Advisers) and Liam
Aitcheson (H and Js Outdoor
World Avanti Plus) going
into today s potentially
Tour-defining stage --- a
179km ride from Te Anau to
Queenstown, finishing with
an 8km climb up Coronet
"You always want to be one
step ahead of everyone else,
so to come into Coronet in
yellow ... I only have to follow
people, I don t have to be the
aggressor, it s good," Oram
said. "It s probably one of the
longest climbs in any New
Zealand race, so it will be
interesting to see how some of the
younger boys shape up."
--- New Zealand Herald
PICTURE: Getty Images
Matt Zenovich celebrates winining
yesterday s stage of the 2013 Tour of
Reid out of cup play-off
of the New Zealand Herald
It is more of a shoot and giggle than
serious competition but this weekend s
Fast5 World Series holds a special
importance for Casey Kopua.
e Silver Ferns captain will make
her first appearance since 2009 at the
World Series --- an exhibition-style
tournament which features a shortened
format and rules that encourage fast
and furious play --- having had her past
three international seasons disrupted
through injury and rehabilitation
After the frustration of having a
limited role for the national team in
recent years, Kopua is thrilled to be in
good enough shape at this stage of the
season to take part in the tournament.
" is is probably the biggest year for
me in terms of netball load, I m quite
excited to last this long," the veteran
"I think this is easy to get motivated
for, because it is something fun, there
are expectations but not as much as it
would be with the New World Series
Since the new version of the game
was introduced in 2009 the rules have
been a work in progress, with tweaks
occurring every year before a radical
overhaul in 2012.
e teams were cut to five, with the
wing attack and wing defence positions
removed, new scoring zones introduced
to include three- two- and one-point
areas and the rules around the selection
of powerplays changed.
Kopua has been furiously studying the
rulebook before the tournament, which
begins at Vector Arena tomorrow
night, but was still getting to grips with
the rules and how they might come
into play strategically.
"I ve read the (rule) book. We ve got
a quiz this afternoon as a team ---
hopefully I ll get at least one right,"
she said. "I m more of a visual learner.
It will be good to do this before we go
to training this afternoon. We have six
(six-minute periods) this afternoon.
It will be good to put the theory into
e athletic defender believes the
toughest change to adjust to will be
the reduction in team numbers, which
means two fewer players helping out
on defence and a lot more running
around for her.
But the biggest concern for Kopua
is what happens before the opening
whistle blows, with the players under
pressure to top last year s pre-final
antics, in which they performed the
Gangnam Style dance.
e team began choreographing
a new routine during last month s
Constellation Cup series, which Kopua
joked could have been to blame for
their 4-1 series loss --- "it might have
been a bit of a distraction".
" ere are always plans for the off-
court festivities. We got the email
link of the things we need to practise.
You can imagine everyone at home
practising in front of the tv so when
you get here you don t look like a
Talk of other teams also brushing up
on their dance moves for the series has
made Australian Flyers captain Susan
Pratley more nervous than the on-
court performances. at s saying a lot.
World champions in the traditional
format, Australia failed to win a game
at last year s Fast5 tournament, which
saw them cop a lot of criticism back
home for their lack of preparation and
sending an inexperienced team.
is year they ve tried to find a better
mix of youth and experience, calling
in seasoned ANZ Championship
performers including Pratley, Demelza
McCloud and Carla Dziwoki.
"We ve got a completely different
team to last year, there are no girls here
that were here last year, but I think we
learned a lot from watching where they
"From what we ve seen I think we
were probably too safe, too conservative
and didn t really embrace it properly I
guess," Pratley said.
Fast5 World Series, tomorrow to
Sunday, Vector Arena, Auckland. Fast5
Ferns; Australian Flyers; Jamaican
Sunshine Girls; England Fives; Malawi
Queens; SPAR Proteas (South Africa).
NZ swotting up for Fast5
ey are room mates at the Rugby
League World Cup, now twins Josh
and Brett Morris have a chance to
prove they should be inseparable on
the field for Australia.
In a tournament littered with
sibling combinations, the Kangaroos
are getting in on the act with the
27-year-old brothers named to play
side-by-side in Saturday s clash with
Ireland in Limerick.
Canterbury centre Josh will line up
inside St George Illawarra winger
Brett for the third time in the green
Australia have won both previous
matches in which the brothers
played next to each other, a fact the
duo will not let Kangaroos coach
Tim Sheens forget.
While Brett looks set to feature
on the wing in Sheens first-
choice side come the finals, Josh
is battling the likes of Brent Tate
and Michael Jennings for a starting
Sheens is keen to see if the brotherly
connection is worth pursuing later
in the tournament.
" ey remind me frequently we
haven t lost a test when both of them
play together," Sheens told AAP
"His ( Josh) combination with his
brother is one of the things I want to
have a look at.
"No doubt that s a plus in their
Morris selection in the centres
ahead of Jennings indicates he may
be ahead of the Sydney Roosters
flyer in the selection pecking
However, Sheens hinted North
Queensland veteran Tate remains
the front-runner to partner Greg
Inglis in the big games ahead.
Tate returns to the side to face
Ireland after he was rested from the
win over Fiji last week.
" e boys that have played and
beat England are still fresh in my
mind," Sheens said.
"I think the guys themselves would
understand they would have to play
themselves out of their rather than
someone play their way in at this
Steve Hansen has named the most
experienced All Blacks team in history
to play France in Paris on Sunday.
In what is the first leg of a potentially
momentous three-week European tour
for his men, the squad, including skipper
Richie McCaw, prop Tony Woodcock
and hooker Keven Mealamu, whom
have all played more than 100 tests,
features 853 caps in the starting XV
plus a further 112 caps on the bench for
a total of 965.
e team is a stark contrast to the
developmental-looking outfit which
beat Japan in Tokyo last weekend.
Cory Jane returns from his hamstring
injury to start on the right wing for what
will be his first test this year following
his recovery from a knee problem.
Prop Owen Franks is back from
a groin injury which has ruled him
out of all rugby since the Rugby
Championship victory over Argentina
in Buenos Aires on September 29.
Julian Savea s flu opened the door to
a starting spot for Jane, with Charles
Piutau always a confirmed starter on
the left wing, said Hansen, a just
reward for his sparkling performance
for the All Blacks against Japan and
previous good form against Australia in
Aaron Smith is back at halfback, with
Ben Smith at centre and Israel Dagg
at fullback. e locking duo of Sam
Whitelock and Brodie Retallick are
e All Blacks will wear their alternate
white strip with a poppy on a sleeve to
commemorate Armistice Day, held on
Monday, November 11, which marks
the anniversary of the end of World
For Hansen, the experienced line-
up means the majority of his starting
players will know what to expect
against France this weekend --- a team
determined to avenge their three-test
whitewash in New Zealand in June.
understanding of what you ve got to do
in a big occasion," he said.
"We certainly won t be taking the
French lightly. For them it s a big
occasion as well. It s their first home
test of the season.
"It s being played in a magnificent
stadium and the significance of the
match ... is huge for us."
Hansen said Piutau s progression
since his debut this year against the
French in New Plymouth had been a
"He came out and showed real
maturity against Australia down in
Dunedin, defended magnificently, and
with the ball in hand he s electric.
"He s got the ability to beat people
and he showed that again against Japan.
Aerially he s strong. He s in good form
--- he s had two (starting) opportunities
and he deserves another one."
Hansen said the selection of Franks
ahead of Charlie Faumuina was based
on experience as well the mobility that
Faumuina offers as a substitute.
e hooker rotation has remained,
with Andrew Hore likely to be involved
against England next weekend at the
expense of Mealamu.
"It s always massive part of the battle
when you play France," Hansen said of
the pressure France are likely to exert at
" ere s not too many nations in
the world that will kick it out on the
full to have a scrum or knock it on
intentionally to have a scrum.
" ere s a famous story here about
two club sides who played in a final and
the front row had already packed down
before the guy had kicked it.
" ey love their scrummaging, it s
the heartbeat of their game. We need
to match that and put them under
pressure if we can."
Unbeaten this year, the All Blacks face
England and Ireland in their remaining
tests on tour.
All Blacks, kick-off 9am: Israel Dagg,
Cory Jane, Ben Smith, Ma a Nonu,
Charles Piutau, Daniel Carter, Aaron
Smith, Kieran Read, Richie McCaw
(c), Liam Messam, Sam Whitelock,
Brodie Retallick, Owen Franks, Keven
Mealamu, Tony Woodcock. Reserves:
Dane Coles, Wyatt Crockett, Charlie
Faumuina, Steven Luatua, Sam Cane,
Tawera Kerr-Barlow, Aaron Cruden,
LEAGUE WORLD CUP
Morris brothers get in on family act
puts faith in
South Sydney prop Jeff Lima has
been released from the final year of his
contract to link up with Super League
side Catalans Dragons.
Lima, who only returned to the NRL
from Wigan last year, has agreed a
three-year deal with the French outfit
having played 20 games last season,
helping Souths reach the preliminary
"Jeff spoke to me on a number of
occasions about the possible move
to France, saying he thought he had
given everything he could in 2013 to
reach the standards required to play at
the NRL level," Rabbitohs head coach
Michael Maguire said.
"He wasn t sure that he could produce
that again for us in 2014 and he had an
opportunity to extend his career in the
Super League playing with Catalans
over the next three years.
"Jeff did a great job for us in the tough-
est position on the field in the front
row last year, and I m sure his move to
France will enable him to extend his
career and to play his best football.
"He gave his all for us here at the
Rabbitohs, and we wish him the very
best of luck at his new club in 2014."
Souths release Lima
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