Get to know Canada’s DTH van der Merwe

first_imgHe’s experienced three World Cups already but the try-hungry Canadian is back for more in Japan Rewind four years and who can forget that thrilling try by Canada against Italy at Elland Road? Not DTH van der Merwe, that’s for sure, who rates it as his favourite Rugby World Cup moment.Canada had spoken in the week about the narrowness of Italy’s defence and, 14 minutes in, van der Merwe called it: Tyler Ardron caught a restart in his 22, fed his wing on the left flank, and van der Merwe went on a searing run to the distant try-line, exchanging passes with Ciaran Hearn along the way.Van der Merwe scored in every pool game that year, four of the 37 tries in 
56 Tests that bear testimony to his greatness in Canucks red. Canada’s record try-scorer, he’s set to break the country’s RWC appearance record in Japan, overtaking the mark of 14 held 
by Jamie Cudmore and Rod Snow (he will match this record against New Zealand).Gruff Rees, the Canada backs coach on secondment from Cardiff Blues, has got to appreciate the player’s attributes from close up over the past year.“I’d always admired DTH as a player, coached against him many times and saw how he could influence games with his physical ability and game understanding,” he says. “But having worked with him he’s even better than I’d thought. Which is a big statement.Evasive: Against Hong Kong during World Cup qualifying (Getty Images)“He knows where and how to impact a game, and he’s a real student of it as well; he asks good questions, challenges in the right way, and understands the back-line principles we work to. He’s a guiding light in terms of where and why we do things.”Van der Merwe was 21 when he made his RWC debut, against Wales in Nantes, and recalls acting as a speed bump for Lote Tuqiri in that same 2007 event. He played full-back that day in Bordeaux, at centre throughout RWC 2011, and should be in his usual No 11 shirt when he steps out for a fourth World Cup in September.I catch him one Sunday ahead of the Pacific Nations Cup. How does the 2007 you compare to the 33-year-old of today?“I’ve definitely evolved. I’ve gained 
15 kilos!” he says. “In my first World Cup 
I was a naïve firecracker 
and experienced guys like Morgan Williams and Mike James kept a cap on it. Celebrating in style: Scoring against Italy in 2015 (Getty images) “I was always confident about running the ball and didn’t really think about my kicking game; now, I can switch to a territory game and maybe more ball play.“In 2007 I was stuck on the wing quite a bit trying to make my tackles and catch the ball if it came my way. I’m more of a leader now and have more input in the daily grind of training and going into matches. But I’m still just a guy who enjoys his rugby.”Fiery rivalry: After scoring against the USA (Getty Images)He’s not one to toe the line if he sees injustice. In 2015 Canada led Romania 15-0 but tired against their fresher opponents and lost. Van der Merwe complained about the scheduling then and he’s complaining now as Canada prepare to face Italy, New Zealand, South Africa and Namibia in quick succession.“We’ve got four games in 17 days, the second-worst schedule in the whole World Cup. It’s unfair. Tier Two nations should get a better schedule than Tier One. There’s a massive difference in player depth and I hope one day the World Cup will take that into account.”The flip side is Major League Rugby, now providing a precious pro platform in North America. “There’s a change showing in our rugby. With Toronto Arrows, we’ve got 30 or 35 players with Canadian badges on playing at a higher level; the Seawolves have about eight players, we’ve guys at NOLA Gold. We’ve guys all over the MLR, it’s huge for us.”Having reached Japan via the back door of the repêchage, are Canada heading for a fall? “No, the feeling in the squad is really positive. We’ve got a lot of youngsters who bring that bit of edge and confidence, but also older guys with World Cup experience who calm those nerves down when it comes to game time. We’re in a good place.”This first appeared in the October 2019 edition of Rugby World magazine. center_img LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Remember to follow Rugby World on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.last_img read more

Sleek vogue style turns 80s house into a million dollar winner

first_img13 Winchester St, Southport. 13 Winchester St, Southport.More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North4 hours ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa1 day ago 13 Winchester St, Southport.“It is across the road from the The Southport School playing field and school and is within walking distance to Ferry Road Markets. Mr Rollington said the 916 sq m home sold for a high price although it was a non-waterfront block. 13 Winchester St, Southport.Mr Rollington said the house was designed for a chef with stone white bench tops, Zip tap, Liebherr, Gaggenau and Miele stainless steel appliances as well as a large breakfast bar. 13 Winchester St, Southport.“The huge popularity came from the modern renovation and because it is right next to the school,” he said.“The house has five bedrooms and also has a spacious design that is perfect for families.“We had four really competitive offers from local The Southport School families and interstate buyers from Sydney and Melbourne.” center_img 13 Winchester St, Southport.A BOLD makeover that revived a 1980s property has sold for a mega price.The Southport house at 13 Winchester St sold to a Gold Coast family for $1.8 million.Russell Rollington from First National Surfers Paradise said local families and interstate buyers fought for the non-waterfront property. 13 Winchester St, Southport.From brick and timber to sleek style, the 1980s house was transformed by Luke Frederickson and Majeedah Jackson into a bold fashion statement with black flooring in the bedrooms, black kitchen cabinetry and matt black finishes. A vogue ensuite with a spa bath is also a highlight of the property. 13 Winchester St, Southport.“Winchester St is one of the most highly regarded and tightly held streets in Southport because of its central inner city position,” Mr Rollington said.last_img read more

Dodgers Notes: Offensive reversal of fortunes against left-handers

first_imgChris Taylor was the Dodgers’ best hitter against lefties in April, but he started the season in Triple-A. His plate appearances against lefties have doubled in May. Cody Bellinger didn’t debut until April 25; his batting average, on-base percentage and slugging percentage are all higher against lefties than righties. Veteran lefty killer Franklin Gutierrez is healthy again.Meanwhile, some of the team’s weakest hitters against lefties have been minimized. Adrian Gonzalez spent much of May on the disabled list. Scott Van Slyke is in Triple-A. Andrew Toles’ season is over.But that fails to explain how nearly every hitter on the roster has improved his numbers against lefties month over month. Only third baseman Justin Turner — now on the disabled list himself — saw his wOBA against lefties fall from April to May.“I think just as contagious as it was not good last year,” Ward said, “it was just as contagious as it got better this year.”Segedin SurgeryOn the disabled list with a toe injury, Rob Segedin will have surgery next Wednesday to remove a bone spur from his right wrist. Segedin developed pain in the wrist while rehabbing in Arizona.Segedin is expected to be sidelined for four to six weeks after the surgery, plenty of time for the injured toe to heal. He was 1 for 4 in two games with the Dodgers before suffering the injury on April 18.“We just felt it was best that he take care of it and come back some time before the end of the season,” Manager Dave Roberts said.Waiver pickupsThe Dodgers claimed two players with big-league experience on waivers from the Seattle Mariners on Friday – right-hander Chris Heston and infielder Mike Freeman. Both were assigned to Triple-A Oklahoma City.Heston, 29, was 12-11 with a 3.95 ERA in 31 starts for the San Francisco Giants in 2015, including a no-hitter against the New York Mets at Citi Field. He has dealt with injuries and a shift to the bullpen since then and was traded to the Mariners in December.Freeman, 29, has played eight positions in the minor leagues (everywhere but catcher) during a career that includes 37 major-league games with the Arizona Diamondbacks and Mariners over the past two seasons.With Heston and Freeman added to the 40-man roster, left-hander Scott Kazmir (hip) and outfielder Toles (knee) were moved to the 60-day DL.AlsoRoberts said he is optimistic Turner will be ready to return from his hamstring injury “somewhere near that date” when he is eligible to come off the DL. Turner can be activated as soon as Monday. Roberts said it will be up to Turner whether he feels the need to go on a rehab assignment in the minors.Right-hander Brock Stewart is scheduled to start his season by making one appearance with Class-A Rancho Cucamonga this weekend and then move up to Triple-A. Stewart has been sidelined since developing shoulder tendinitis this spring.Staff writer Bill Plunkett contributed to this story Through Thursday, the Dodgers own a higher weighted On Base Average (wOBA) against lefties (.370) than against righties (.336) in May. That .370 wOBA ranks fifth in MLB. Their .285 wOBA against lefties in April ranked 25th.It’s a truly stunning reversal. This is the same Dodgers team that went 5-7 against left-handed starters in April. In 2016, the Dodgers were two games under .500 when a lefty started and 69-47 when a righty started. The calendar flipped, and so did the offensive profile of an entire lineup.“As my eyes look at it and see it, there’s improvement, no doubt,” Dodgers hitting coach Turner Ward said, though even he was surprised by how dramatic the statistical improvement had been.Ward believes there’s no magic bullet. Maybe, he said, seeing more left-handed opponents early in the season paid off in the long run. Maybe hitters just needed time to make adjustments against lefties.Or maybe it has more to do with the Dodgers’ front office, and the players they’ve shuffled on and off the active roster. @JPHoornstra On TwitterLOS ANGELES >> The last time the Dodgers played the Chicago Cubs, the reigning champs realigned their rotation so two left-handed pitchers would face the Dodgers in a four-game series at Wrigley Field.The Cubs made a slight adjustment earlier this week in anticipation of their visit to Dodger Stadium this weekend. Jon Lester was kept on his five-day schedule despite a rainout affording Cubs manager Joe Maddon an opportunity to shuffle things again. Lester will be the Cubs’ only southpaw starter to face the Dodgers when he starts the finale of the three-game series Sunday (matched up against Clayton Kershaw).Even if Maddon wanted to disrupt his rotation, would he?center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Eunice McMillan, 99, Wellington: June 22, 1915 – April 19, 2015

first_imgEunice D. McMillan, age 99, of Wellington, died early Sunday morning, April 19, 2015 at Winfield Rest Haven Nursing Home in Winfield.Eunice D. (Ash) McMillan was born on June 22, 1915 in Milan to Ray Ash and Delcie (Chamberland) Ash.Eunice married Ellis Darwin McMillan on July 22, 1934 in Belle Plaine at the Church of Christ parsonage.  He preceded her in death in on October 22, 2009.She spent most of her life on the family farm southwest of Belle Plaine before moving to Wellington in 1988.  She was a long time member of the Belle Plaine Church of Christ and a member of the Church of Christ in Wellington at her death.She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Ellis; son, Norman Dale McMillan; one brother; three sisters; and son-in-law Larry Deniston.Survivors include her two children, Gary Leon McMillan of Guymon, OK and Maurine Kay Deniston of Albuquerque, NM; ten grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; and three great great grandchildren. uneral Services will be held at the Church of Christ in Wellington on Friday, April 24, 2015 at 10 a.m.  Mr. Michael Nelson will officiate.  Interment will follow the service at the Belle Plaine Cemetery in Belle Plaine, KS.Visitation will be held at the funeral home on Thursday, April 23, 2014 from 1 to 8 p.m.  The family will be present to greet friends from 6 to 8 p.m.A memorial has been established with Carpenter Place in Wichita, KS in lieu of flowers.  Contributions can be left at the funeral home.Frank Funeral Home has been entrusted with the arrangements.To leave condolences or sign our guest book, please visit our website at www.frankfuneralhome.netlast_img read more

Success for Lough Swilly RNLI in two call-outs

first_imgVolunteers with the Lough Swilly RNLI were successful in assisting two vessels in difficulty on two separate call-outs on Wednesday.The lifeboat was first launched at 3.59pm in the afternoon after receiving a call about a broken down speedboat. The crew travelled to the scene just off Buncrana pier to assist.It wasn’t long until the crew were out again. At 9.35pmm last night the alarm was raised about an upturned dingy located north off Northwest golf links. The lifeboat was again tasked to the area and worked to tow the vessel back to Rathmullan Pier.There were no casualties reported, with both incidents having a successful outcome.Success for Lough Swilly RNLI in two call-outs was last modified: August 15th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Lough Swilly RNLIlast_img read more

Raiders’ Gruden nostalgic over possibility of leaving Coliseum early

first_imgALAMEDA — Coach Jon Gruden was talking about quarterback Derek Carr Monday and the future of the franchise when he noted “I think he’s really excited about where we’re heading.”If Carr has the answer as it pertains to where the Raiders will play their home games in 2019, there are a lot of people that would love to have that information. That includes the head coach and the local fan base.The Raiders are scheduled to play in their new stadium in Las Vegas in 2020. There is no such clarity …last_img read more

Cariño named Perpetual Help volleyball director, women’s coach

first_imgPH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd PLAY LIST 02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Blatche hints at return 10 days before World Cup qualifiers begin LATEST STORIES Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Read Next MOST READ “I resigned to assume a bigger role, which is to handle not only the women’s volleyball team but Perpetual Help’s volleyball program as a whole,” said Cariño, who succeeded Sammy Acaylar as coach.Acaylar, who was promoted to athletic director last year, also kept his head coaching position with the men’s team.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“Perpetual Help already has a strong volleyball program and I’m here to just continue it and hopefully make some improvements,” said CariñoAcaylar has high praise for Cariño , whom he described as his ‘protégé. CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Macky Cariño has been named executive volleyball director and women’s coach of University of Perpetual Help.Cariño, who resigned as coach of College of St. Benilde’s women’s volleyball team, which he guided to a championship in the NCAA two seasons ago, will now be in charge of Perpetual Help’s volleyball program.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img “Everybody knows he (Cariño ) is my protégé and I’m confident he can do the job well, maybe even better,” said Acaylar, who is a multi-titled mentor.Arnold Laniog will call the shots for the Lady Blazers on an interim basis.The NCAA volleyball season begins on Jan. 4 next year.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort View commentslast_img read more

CWG scam: ED to question Suresh Kalmadi and aides at Tihar today

first_imgThe Enforcement Directorate will question former Commonwealth Games organising committee chairman Suresh Kalmadi and two of his associates at Tihar Jail on Friday, for the second time in connection with the Prevention of the Money Laundering Act case registered against them.The ED had questioned Kalmadi, former joint director general (sport) ASV Prasad and deputy director general (procurement) Surjit Lal on June 3 but Friday’s questioning would be more comprehensive.”The previous interrogation was preliminary in nature. Based on that, we have prepared a comprehensive questionnaire which they would be asked to answer. It includes their foreign visits and monetory transactions, especially those in foreign currencies,” an official said. Kalmadi would be quizzed about various investments and transactions he made in his personal as well as professional capacity. The ED believes that he was responsible for all transactions.last_img read more

a month agoRB Leipzig coach Nagelsmann has dig at Everton over Lookman treatment

first_imgRB Leipzig coach Nagelsmann has dig at Everton over Lookman treatmentby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveRB Leipzig coach Julien Nagelsmann has had a dig at Everton over their summer arrival Ademola Lookman.The 21-year-old has made just one substitute appearance since returning to Leipzig in July.“Some (new signings) still need a bit of development time because they did not have the regular game time at their previous clubs,” Nagelsmann told Kicker.“Experience has shown that newcomers usually take a little longer to get along with what I want.“We have many video sequences with text attached. And then it is not easy if you can’t speak the language yet.“With a player like Ademola Lookman, who played very little at Everton, it takes more time than with Christopher Nkunku, who made 29 games at PSG last year. That’s completely normal.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more