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New All Whites coach
Anthony Hudson was forced
into the biggest decision of his
career when he was headhunted
by New Zealand Football last
Stay in Bahrain and fulfil his
two-year contract to lead their
national team at the Gulf Cup
in November and Asian Cup in
January — a project he had been
working towards for two years —
or jump ship and sign a four-year
deal to try to get New Zealand to
the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
Hudson treated the decision as
if he was preparing for a match
— he studied the tape. Day after
day he obsessed over All Whites
games on DVD, evaluating the
standard of players he knew
little about and assessing New
Zealand’s chances of success on
the international stage. He put
countless calls through to Q ueen’s
Park Rangers coach Harry
Redknapp and a smattering of
other English Premier League
coaches, bouncing around ideas
and asking for advice and, finally,
after two weeks he resigned.
unveiled as New Zealand’s
“Chosen One”. New Zealand
Football CEO Andy Martin said
it was Hudson’s hunger, ambition,
organisation and attention to
detail which separated him from
the 108 other applicants for the
It is a brave move for New
Zealand Football to appoint
someone so inexperienced —
not just at international level,
but also in coaching in general.
However Hudson, who coached
Bahrain to four wins, five draws
and three losses, is unashamedly
“A big pull of why I’ve come
here is to go to the World Cup.
And not just go to the World
Cup, but go further than we’ve
ever gone,” Hudson said. “ I want
to come here and make history
and I want the players to make
Hudson is one of the youngest
ever to earn a UEFA Pro
Licence — the highest coaching
qualification in the world —
and has paved his way to the
top by studying the game,
obsessing over it, networking and
“ If you don’t have a big name
as an ex-player, or a big CV that
can go and get you jobs and open
doors, then you can either accept
your lot, and it will happen or
it won’t, or you can try to be
resourceful, and that ’s what I’ve
always done,” Hudson said.
autobiographies of top people,
or knocking on doors. For five
or six years when I was working
in America, every off-season I
wouldn’t have a holiday. I would
just go to every single Premier
League club and watch training,
or League One, League Two,
and I did it every year. I once
flew halfway around the world
to effectively have an afternoon
with (Chile coach) Marcelo
Bielsa and it was the most
amazing experience of my life.
“I’m sure there are lots of people
who couldn’t be bothered. When
it ’s their holiday they want to
have a break, but that ’s why I feel
I have paid the price to get where
Hudson will also be responsible
for overseeing the country’s age-
group representatives and has
named interim All Whites coach
Neil Emblen as his assistant for
the upcoming away match with
“New Zealand can expect to see
a team that is organised, but with
a real positive attitude, a team
that plays football and tries to
win the ball high up the pitch.
We will have a real emphasis on
being positive. ”
Banks wins BBQ challenge to kick off ITM Cup
Tasman’s Marty Banks assembles his winning burger during the BBQ challenge at the ITM Cup season launch at Western Springs
Stadium, in Auckland yesterday.
PICTURE: Getty Images
Black Ferns’ Rawinia Everitt evades a tackle by Ireland’s Alison Miller in today’s IRB Women’s
Rugby World Cup pool B match at the French Rugby Federation headquarters, in Paris, France.
Ireland pulled off one of the greatest
ever shocks in women’s rugby by beating
reigning champions New Zealand
17-14 in their World Cup pool match in
Marcoussis, France, today.
A late solo try by wing Alison Miller,
followed by a penalty from Niamh
Briggs, clinched a famous victory for
the Irish women and sent them top of
It was only the Black Ferns’ second
defeat at a World Cup since the
tournament began in 1991, ending a run
of 20 games unbeaten during which they
won the trophy four times in a row.
Briggs was Ireland’s hero, kicking two
conversions as well as the tricky penalty
that won the match.
Heather O’Brien scored the other Irish
try in a match in which they were behind
until the hour mark.
Ireland replaced New Zealand, also
reigning men’s world champions, at
the top of the pool on eight points and
will qualify for the semi-finals if they beat
Kazakhstan in their final group match.
New Zealand are level with the United
States on six points and must beat the
Eagles in their last pool match to have
a chance of making the last four,
comprised of the winners of each of the
three pools plus the best scoring second-
“The heads never dropped because
we were on the same page. Even when
they went ahead, we knew we would go
back up there, score and win the game,”
Ireland captain Fiona Coghlan said.
New Zealand coach Brian Evans was
magnanimous in defeat.
“ We’re very disappointed, but fair play
to Ireland. They outmuscled us, they
forced errors, but huge congratulations
to them for that,” he said.
The final is on August 17 at Stade Jean
Bouin, the home of Stade Francais.
at World Cup
Wallabies coach Ewen McKenzie says
the All Blacks’ “embarrassment of riches”
at flyhalf will mitigate the loss of superstar
No 10 Dan Carter.
Carter was yesterday was ruled out of the
opening Bledisloe Cup clash in Sydney on
August 16 after scans picked up a crack in
his upper fibula.
The champion flyhalf will likely miss the
first four weeks of the Rugby Championship,
but according to McKenzie, it will not change
the Wallabies’ preparations one iota.
“It hasnt changed our mindset, they’ve
got (Beauden) Barrett, they’ve got (Aaron)
Cruden, an embarrassment of riches,”
“That probably makes the selection
situation easier for them, someone was going
to miss out so that probably makes it a bit
clearer in how they pick it. From our point
of view, we’re concentrating on ourselves and
well play whoever they put out there.”
Wallabies halfback Nic White agreed,
saying All Blacks No 10s always grabbed
their opportunities with both hands.
“It ’s just New Zealand, it doesn’t seem to
matter,” White said.
“Barrett ’s been pretty unreal off the bench
for them and Aaron Cruden has certainly
filled Dan Carter’s boots the last few times.”
He added that it might also assist in
“If you’re Aaron Cruden maybe it’s a little
bit more weight off your shoulders and you’re
a little bit more comfortable,” he said.
The Wallabies meanwhile have injury
concerns of their own, albeit in the front row,
with prop Scott Sio (ankle) joining hooker
Tatafu Polota-Nau (knee) on the injury list.
The duo have been sent home from the
squad after receiving bad news from their
respective scans in the past 24 hours.
That means third string hooker Nathan
Charles will be relied upon to secure the set
piece for the Wallabies, while Melbourne
Rebels prop Laurie Weeks has been called
into the squad for Sio.
“(Charles) is not the size of the other
guys. But he is a very good set piece player,”
McKenzie said. “ He’s an excellent thrower
and a very good scrummager.”
Regarding the prop spot vacated by Sio,
veteran NSW Waratahs loosehead Benn
Robinson yesterday admitted he was
disappointed to have been overlooked by
McKenzie once more. — A AP
Like most of his Chiefs team-
mates, Aaron Cruden enjoyed
some social downtime after their
Super 15 campaign finished. But
not for long.
After a few days the five-
eighth was back in training
with a mix of gym programmes
and conditioning work to have
him primed for the Rugby
That attention will pay off with
Cruden the frontrunner to start
the All Blacks’ opening test in the
Rugby Championship against the
Wallabies in Sydney on August
He began all three tests against
England in June and was a strong
performer in the All Blacks’
ongoing victory march and was
in the frontline battle for Sydney.
Daniel Carter’s return from
sabbatical late in the Super 15
and encouraging noises from
coach Steve Hansen suggested
the five-eighth selection duel was
However a cracked fibula in
Carter’s right leg will keep him
out of action for about a month
with Cruden and his deputy
Beauden Barrett to feel the heat
of battle against the Wallabies,
Pumas and Springboks.
It is a bit of history repeating.
In 2010, Cruden made his first
test start against the Wallabies
in Sydney because Carter had
surgery to repair his ankle. It was
an awkward start and Cruden
was subbed by Colin Slade in the
A year later Cruden was drafted
into the World Cup squad to
resume his All Black career when
he replaced Carter, who had
ruptured his groin.
— New Zealand Herald
Southland basketballer Gareth Dawson
has been suspended for a year by the Sports
Tribunal, after he tested positive to a
banned substance during a pre-season NBL
Dawson, who plays for the Southland
Sharks in the domestic league, tested
positive to tamoxifen — a hormone
therapy drug more commonly used by
The mandatory penalty for this violation is
two years’ suspension.
However as tamoxifen is a “specified
substance” the suspension was reduced
to one year, as Dawson was able to
establish how the substance got into his
system and that taking tamoxifen was not
intended to enhance his sports performance.
Dawson admitted the violation, claiming
the drug was used to treat a medical
condition which was “sore and annoying”
He was diagnosed with the condition in
2011 by a doctor in Timaru, but no treatment
Last year Dawson researched the condition
online, saw references to tamoxifen as a
treatment and ordered tablets from an online
pharmacy. He did not receive the tablets, as
they were intercepted by NZ Customs, so he
later consulted a doctor in Invercargill and
requested a repeat prescription of tamoxifen.
He said this was the source of the positive
The Tribunal was satisfied over how the
prohibited substance entered Dawson’s
body and that he did not intend to enhance
his sports performance or mask the use
of a performance enhancing substance.
Therefore he was eligible for suspension
of less than two years, depending on his level
The Tribunal said athletes know there is
a regime where they have strict personal
responsibility to ensure that prohibited
substances don’t enter their bodies.
If they are casual and inattentive to
education provided, or don’t use advice
available, they do so at their peril.
In assessing Dawson’s level of fault, the
Tribunal disagreed that he was merely silly
or careless by trying to self-medicate but said
he was foolhardy and his culpability was not
at the low end.
The Tribunal ruled Dawson was an
experienced athlete who had ample
opportunity to know and understand the
drug-free environment. It concluded that
because of Dawson’s failures to meet his
personal responsibilities, the penalty couldn’t
be less than 12 months suspension.
As Dawson was provisionally suspended
in May this year, he will not be eligible to
compete again until May 15, 2015.
A coroner has made no
an inquest into the death of a
26-year-old jockey in 2012.
Westport born Ashlee Mundy
died at Dunedin Hospital on
December 31, 2012 of a diffuse
cerebral injury caused by a blunt
force injury to the head, Coroner
David Crerar said.
Ms Mundy received her injuries
the day before she died when
her horse Elleaye clipped its
hoof or hooves with those of a
leading horse and fell in a race at
the Kurow racecourse, Coroner
Crerar’s finding said.
Similar deaths of other jockeys
killed in race situations had been
investigated by coroners in recent
years, he said.
approximately 60kph and came
to an almost immediate stop
when she fell. Ashlee Mundy was
projected at speed and from a
height of approximately 2m to the
track, to a point where she landed
almost directly on her head. Any
safety helmet designed to protect
a rider in these circumstances is
Coroner Crerar said he made no
“As my brother coroners have
said previously, horse racing is
inherently dangerous. Those
participating accept some risk.
“Those involved in the
administration of the industry
protect the participants as best
“It is hoped, however, that the
death of Ashlee Mundy will
prove to be a learning experience
for the racing industry and that
all of those involved will continue
to develop safer practices in the
Coroner Crerar said there was
no evidence of any failure by any
individual to provide or take the
“All of the stewards and all of
the jockeys who gave evidence
made no adverse comment on the
riding ability of Ashlee Mundy or,
indeed, any jockey in the race.”
In his finding, Coroner Crerar
referred to evidence given at a
previous inquest by Canterbury
Jockey Club executive officer
Tim Mills. “Unfortunately, falls
from horses including injury
and sometimes death is not
uncommon,” Mr Mills said.
“Horse racing is an inherently
dangerous sport and serious
accidents do occur from time to
time and these, unfortunately, are
unavoidable at times.” — APNZ
Wallabies next up for Cruden
banned for a year
Wallabies coach downplays injury to Carter
PICTURE: Getty Images
Mundy death ‘unavoidable racing tragedy’
Scouring All Whites tapes helped seal deal for new coach
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