Get a Telegraph Sport subscription for £1 per week The Rugby Players’ Association has called for a more formal policy to clarify when England internationals should return to club action following a World Cup. The most recent player welfare measures limit the number of matches players in England are permitted to feature in per season. That number hinges on how many “match involvements” players are involved in per season. An involvement constitutes playing for a minimum of 20 minutes, with all players in England now capped at only being allowed 35 match involvements per season. Players equally are only permitted to play in 30 full games per season. More than half of the 32 players used by England... … [Read more...] about Rugby Players’ Association calls for guidelines on post-World Cup breaks
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England secured a 3-2 Twenty20 series win over New Zealand in Auckland, but only after another Super Over between the teams. Four months on from their suspenseful World Cup final at Lord's, England and New Zealand were once again at a stalemate inside Eden Park after finishing level on 146 from 11 overs, shortened because of rain. Boundary countback was all that determined England's first 50-over global title in July but there was to be little of that drama on the other side of the world as Morgan's men prevailed by nine runs in the six-ball shootout. Our cricket correspondent, Scyld Berry, rates the England players' performances. Who stood out for Morgan's side? Jonny Bairstow An excellent... … [Read more...] about England vs New Zealand T20 player ratings: Who looks to have secured World T20 finals spot next year?
The New Zealand mosque shooter's manifesto has been circulated electronically at Syracuse University, adding to a string of racist episodes to rock the upstate New York campus. The document was posted in an online forum and attempts were made to send it to the cellphones of students at a campus library Monday night via AirDrop, an iPhone file-sharing service. FBI and local authorities are working to determine the origin of the document which they said appeared to be copied from one written by the man accused of killing 51 people at two mosques in New Zealand in March. 'We don't know the author. We don't know what the intent of it was. It's a very disturbing document if you read it,' Syracuse Police Chief Kenton Buckner said at a press conference yesterday with campus and state police and the FBI. Peter Fitzgerald from the FBI addresses questions about a series of racist messages and hate crimes that have occurred at SU in the last two weeks during a press conference on Tuesday … [Read more...] about Syracuse University students say New Zealand mosque shooter’s manifesto was Airdropped to their phones as FBI investigates latest racist episode to rock the New York campus
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — For the first time in six years, Behrouz Boochani feels like a free man. When he arrived in New Zealand last week, he simply wanted to smoke a cigarette and take a long walk down the street. Instead of feeling like he is always running, a new feeling has overtaken him: He’s survived. A refugee from Iran, Boochani was held against his will at Australia’s notorious offshore immigration camp on Manus Island in Papua New Guinea from 2013 until he was recently moved to the capital, Port Moresby. But even now, the 36-year-old’s future remains uncertain. He arrived in New Zealand on a temporary one-month visa to speak at a literary festival. In an interview with The Associated Press, Boochani said he had no interest in returning to Papua New Guinea, but wouldn’t be drawn on whether he’d seek asylum in New Zealand, pursue a claim to U.S. asylum or do something else. Any decision he makes is likely to have implications for … [Read more...] about After 6 years, refugee writer tastes freedom in New Zealand
NEW DELHI: Indore is set to host its first-ever Test during the three-match series against New Zealand in September-October as India's top cricketers, in a unique way, today announced the full schedule of the tour that will kick start the team's home season. Skipper Virat Kohli announced on his twitter handle that the first Test will be played at the Green Park stadium in Kanpur from September 22-26. Batsman Ajinkya Rahane revealed that the second Test will be held at the Holkar Stadium in Indore from September 30-October 4, while the iconic Eden Gardens has been given the third and final Test from October 8-12, according to seamer Mohammad Shami's tweet. "The land of great Syed Mushtaq Ali will host its 1st ever Test Match. Indore is waiting 4 the moment. #IndvNZ 2nd Test Match starts Sept 30," Rahane wrote on his twitter handle. While Kohli said, "TeamIndia will begin the home season at one of the oldest venues … [Read more...] about For first time, players announce schedule of India-New Zealand series
Premier pacer Dale Steyn getting ruled out of World Cup with a shoulder injury and another fast bowler Lungi Ngidi nursing a Grade 1 hamstring injury has forced skipper Faf du Plessis to reconsider his game strategy and put a brave face, leading his 'low on confidence' squad against a Virat-led mighty India. 'Steyn-less' South Africa's confidence will be at its lowest following back-to-back defeats against England and Bangladesh. On the other hand, the ‘men-in-blue’ can't wait to kick-start their campaign with a commanding performance. TOSS UPDATE: South Africa skipper Faf du Plessis won the toss and opted to bat against India at Southampton. Faf has decided to include two spinners Imran Tahir, Tabraiz Shamsi in the playing XI and veteran fit-again Amla makes his way back to the squad. Faf du Plessis, RSA captain: We are having a bat. Mostly because of the makeup of the side against two spinners, that's the best option. Amla is back for this game. Morris is still … [Read more...] about IND vs SA, ICC World Cup 2019, toss: South Africa opt to bat at Southampton