COSTANZO’S HAT TRICK LEADS BLUES OVER GAELS

first_img The University of Toronto Varsity Blues field hockey team defeated the Queen’s Gaels 4-1 on Sunday, September 16 at York University.HOW IT HAPPENED: Second-year forward Anna Costanzo scored the first three goals of the game in the 12th, 30th and 36th minutes. Veteran Emily Ziraldo rounded out the Blues scoring in the 45th minute before Queen’s J. Bean broke the shut out in the 62nd minute of the match. Elizabeth O’Hara earned the win in net for the Blues. UP NEXT: The Blues travel to London, Ont., next Saturday, September 22 to take on the Western Mustangs. Game time is set for 10:45 a.m.  For more information, scores and highlights on your favourite U of T athletes and teams, please visit www.varsityblues.ca. Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter, Instagram, SnapChat and Facebook for the latest and greatest in Varsity Blues intercollegiate athletics. Print Friendly Version Story Linkslast_img read more

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Champs Cranes launch residential camp

first_imgSeveral players have been called and dropped during the sessions and the Cranes who won the regional tournament at home, will name a strong squad next week.Sledejovic has cautioned all players to keep working hard because as he embarks on the defence of the crown.However, he is not decided on whether to include players plying their trade outside the local league having in mind that only domestic boys will represent the country in the CHAN competitions next year in South Africa.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000NAIROBI, Kenya, November 12- Defending champions Uganda Cranes are set to start residential training at Namboole Stadium on Wednesday ahead of their friendly against Rwanda at the same venue on Saturday.Cranes coach, Micho Sledejovic, has had a several training sessions during the past weekends with all the Super League Players at Lugogo KCC FC Ground as a build up for the Cecafa Senior Challenge Cup later this month in Nairobi.last_img read more

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Guardiola keen to keep peace with Aguero

first_imgThat forced Guardiola to recall Aguero for an FA Cup fifth round draw at second tier Huddersfield on Sunday.But it was an uninspired performance by Aguero in the goalless draw and the rapport between forward and manager looked strained.With just two goals to his name since the end of November, recent events have fuelled the speculation that Aguero, 28, could end his six-year stay with City once the current campaign is over.But, as Guardiola prepared for the first game of a two-legged tie with Monaco in the Champions League last 16 on Tuesday, the City boss insisted he is handling Aguero no differently to at any time in the past.“Sergio has enough experience. He knows, everyone knows,” Guardiola told reporters on Monday.“We are going to talk with him like with all of his team-mates. In this level it is so demanding in the Champions League.“It is one of the most beautiful competitions to play, maybe not the most important, but the most beautiful and we have to do our best.“All of Europe will watch us, to analyse us, to kill us if we don’t win or say how good we are if we do win. That is the huge experience. It is beautiful to me.”And Guardiola has faith in Aguero to rediscover his goalscoring touch.“The guys who score goals, it is talent, instinct. How they have to move, create spaces. He does not need to be controlled like a TV remote control. He is going to do it himself.”– Slump –Guardiola confirmed City captain Vincent Kompany’s injury problems continue after he missed the Huddersfield game — he will sit out the first leg against Monaco.The City manager, however, hopes Kompany’s leg injury will have recovered in time for the FA Cup replay against Huddersfield next week.Meanwhile, forward Kevin De Bruyne insists he is happy with his form despite a dramatic drop off in his goalscoring output this season.Manchester City’s Spanish manager Pep Guardiola addresses the media during a press conference at the City Football Academy in Manchester, northern England, on February 20, 2017 © AFP / Paul ELLISHaving scored 16 times last season, De Bruyne has netted just five this term, and hit the net twice in the last 18 games dating back to the start of November.“No, not at all. I never look at my stats,” said De Bruyne when asked if he was worried by his slump.“I know it is very important for other people. Because I play deeper and not everyone sees that, I am comparing that.“I can see very good how well I am playing for the team, even without me scoring. If we can win a title I will be very happy.“I am playing very consistently. I played a little more defensively than at the start of the season but we changed a lot of positions for me personally.“I know people are looking at a lot of statistics, for me I am playing better than last year but maybe statistically a bit worse.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Sergio Aguero warms up ahead of Manchester City’s FA Cup game against Huddersfield Town at the John Smith stadium on February 18, 2017 © AFP / OLI SCARFFMANCHESTER, United Kingdom, Feb 20 – Pep Guardiola insists his relationship with Sergio Aguero remains strong despite mounting speculation over the Manchester City striker’s future since the arrival of Gabriel Jesus.Teenage sensation Jesus took Aguero’s place in Guardiola’s starting line-up before breaking a bone in his foot, an injury that may rule the Brazilian out for the remainder of the season.last_img read more

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Champions Leicester City sack Ranieri

first_img0Shares0000Claudio Ranieri had come under intense scrutiny this season during a slump that left Leicester just a point above the relegation zone and battling for top-flight survival ahead of this weekend’s matches © AFP/File / OLI SCARFFLondon, United Kingdom, Feb 23 – Claudio Ranieri has been sacked as manager of Leicester City just months after leading the club to a remarkable Premier League title triumph, the Midlands side announced Thursday.The Italian’s position has come under intense scrutiny this season during a slump that has left the Foxes just a point above the relegation zone. That follows their startling title triumph, with Leicester 5,000/1 no-hopers before the start of the 2015/16 season.Not even a gutsy 2-1 loss away to Sevilla in the first leg of a Champions League last 16 tie on Wednesday was enough to spare Ranieri, 65, the sack, even though the statement from Thai-owned Leicester confirming his departure from the King Power Stadium proclaimed him the “most successful manager” in the history of the 133-year-old club.“Leicester City Football Club has tonight (Thursday) parted company with its first-team manager, Claudio Ranieri,” said the statement.“Claudio, appointed City manager in July 2015, led the Foxes to the greatest triumph in the club’s 133-year history last season, as we were crowned champions of England for the first time. His status as the most successful Leicester City manager of all time is without question.”Leicester though have won just five of their 25 league games this term and are yet to score a league goal in 2017, having also been knocked out of the FA Cup by third-tier Millwall.“However, domestic results in the current campaign have placed the club’s Premier League status under threat and the board reluctantly feels that a change of leadership, while admittedly painful, is necessary in the club’s greatest interest,” the club statement added.– ‘Forever grateful’ –Leicester City’s vice-chairman Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha (C) stands by the Premier League trophy as he along with the club’s football players parade in an open-bus through Bangkok in May 2016 © AFP/File / CHRISTOPHE ARCHAMBAULTLeicester vice-chairman Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha said ditching Ranieri had been the hardest decision the current owners had made but one they had to take when, with 13 games left to play, there was still a chance of Premier League survival.“This has been the most difficult decision we have had to make in nearly seven years since King Power took ownership of Leicester City,” he said.“Claudio has brought outstanding qualities to his office. His skilful management, powers of motivation and measured approach have been reflective of the rich experience we always knew he would bring to Leicester City.“His warmth, charm and charisma have helped transform perceptions of the club and develop its profile on a global scale. We will forever be grateful to him for what he has helped us to achieve.“It was never our expectation that the extraordinary feats of last season should be replicated this season. Indeed, survival in the Premier League was our first and only target at the start of the campaign.“But we are now faced with a fight to reach that objective and feel a change is necessary to maximise the opportunity presented by the final 13 games.”– ‘Gut-wrenching’ –Former Leicester and England striker Gary Lineker, now a television football presenter, reacted to Ranieri’s exit by tweeting: “After all that Claudio Ranieri has done for Leicester City, to sack him now is inexplicable, unforgivable and gut-wrenchingly sad.”Claudio Ranieri poses with the Premier League trophy in May 2016 © AFP/File / ADRIAN DENNISLeicester’s title success came after they narrowly avoided relegation under former manager Nigel Pearson.But they have not won in their last nine matches in all competitions since a 2-1 FA Cup success at Everton on January 7, with their last league victory a 1-0 win over West Ham on December 31.Assistant manager Craig Shakespeare and Mike Stowell will take caretaker charge ahead of Monday’s match against Liverpool.Guus Hiddink, who helped arrest Chelsea’s decline last season when they suffered a slump immediately after winning the title, was installed as the 6/1 favourite by British bookmaker William Hill to replace Ranieri.Hills made Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill, who enjoyed success as Leicester manager from 1995-2000, the 8/1 second-favourite.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Arsenal’s Sanchez v Liverpool’s Markovic: Who got the better deal?

first_img Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez and Liverpool’s Lazar Markovic 2 One transfer can make or break a club’s campaign and Arsenal beating Liverpool to Alexis Sanchez could yet prove to be telling in the Premier League title race next season. Chile’s World Cup star is a blockbuster signing that has got Gunners fans excited, whereas it’s fair to say Lazar Markovic’s arrival at Anfield – as promising a talent he may be – has not quite got the pulses racing as much. There is no telling whether the former Barcelona man or the ex-Benfica star will prove to be the better signing and which player will adapt quicker to English football.However, it is possible to compare how they got on last season… 2 Statistics are not everything but these do not make pretty reading for Liverpool fans as it’s clear why they were so keen on signing Sanchez ahead of Arsenal.Comparing their respective seasons in Spain’s La Liga and Portugual’s inferior Primeira Liga, the Chilean performs better in every category, though he does have the benefit of playing eight extra games for Barcelona.Sanchez’s tally of 19 goals compared to Markovic’s five will not quell the fears of Reds fans that they missed a trick by not bringing in the World Cup star, while a superior assists tally does not help either.Like every comparison there are outside factors to consider too – for instance Liverpool paid £12million less for the Serbian (£20m) and he is five years younger than the new Gunners star at 20 years old.However, in the modern age of demanding immediate success these variables are likely to be given short shrift by Reds fans unless Markovic helps secure trophies at Anfield. Fortunately, that happens to be an area the Serbian is accustomed to – he has won the league every season of his professional career so far, encompassing three titles with Partizan Belgrade and last season’s success with Benfica. And Markovic has stated his intentions to make it five in a row by winning the Premier League at Anfield next season.Interestingly, Sanchez is only slightly ahead with his passing accuracy which will prove some form of relief for Liverpool supporters, who will hope their new signing can lay on the chances for Daniel Sturridge.It can be argued that the the former Udinese attacker is already an established star whereas Markovic will require some work and given Brendan Rodgers’ success rate with youngsters, this could feasibly work out quite well.Arsenal and Liverpool fans – who do you think will prove to be the better signing next season? Comment below.last_img read more

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‘Liverpool great going forward, but defence not good enough for title’ – Coral

first_imgCoral’s Dave Stevens joins the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast to round up the latest sporting odds.Manchester City, Arsenal and Liverpool remain level points at the top of the Premier League after they all won over the weekend.City are 13/10 favourites to win the league, while Liverpool are 3/1 second favourites, but Stevens says he doesn’t believe the Reds’ defence is good enough to maintain a title challenge.Arsenal and Chelsea, meanwhile, are next in the bettting, with the London rivals both priced at 5/1.Coral is the official betting partner of the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfastlast_img read more

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‘What else do you have to do to be called a legend?’ – England boss hails Rooney

first_img1 Wayne Rooney has called time on his England career England manager Gareth Southgate paid a glowing tribute to Wayne Rooney after the Three Lions captain announced his retirement from the national team.Rooney revealed on Wednesday that he was ending his international career at the age of 31 after scoring a record 53 goals in 119 appearances.?READ MORE: Wayne Rooney’s agent says striker determined to win silverware with Everton after ending England careerSouthgate had hoped to include Rooney in his squad for the forthcoming World Cup qualifiers against Malta and Slovakia.But when he phoned Rooney, he instead heard that England’s all-time record goalscorer wanted to concentrate on club football.“I know I speak for everyone when I congratulate him on a fantastic international career,” Southgate told a press conference as he revealed his latest England squad on Thursday.“He said he had been thinking long and hard about the decision and he had decided he was going to announce his international retirement.“We then talked for another half an hour about why I was calling and the possible role I saw him fulfilling because I think as a manager you always want to prod to see ‘has he thought about this decision?’.“He clearly had and I totally understood his reasoning, moving to Everton and the fresh opportunity he has got there. He feels a sense of loyalty to the club for what they have invested in him.“I definitely was thinking of including him in the squad. I thought there was a role that he could play for the squad but by the same token I fully understand his rationale.”READ MORE: Sam Allardyce tells talkSPORT Wayne Rooney has made ‘fantastic move’ by ending England careerMany have debated whether Rooney should be deemed an ‘England legend’ after his 13-year international career.He may not have won any major silverware – something few England legends can claim – but having become England’s record goalscorer and most-capped outfield player, there is no doubt of his status in Southgate’s mind.“It would be a good moment to recognise what an outstanding player he has been for England,” Southgate added.“I have seen some debate around ‘is he a legend or isn’t he?’. If you are the most capped outfield player and the record goalscorer I’m not sure what else you have to do to be called a legend.“He’s been somebody that’s served England brilliantly and with a great deal of pride. I know this must have been a difficult decision for him.“I guess the only other thing he could do was win something internationally and if we are judging it solely on that then only the guys who won in 1966 are elevated to that status.“But he’s done everything else with England and captained his country for so long.“He has represented his country with incredible pride and has kept coming back even when there has been a lot of criticism towards him, and his level of performance has been outstanding.“I’ve got huge respect for him.”last_img read more

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Attacks on officers

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREFrumpy Middle-aged Mom: My realistic 2020 New Year’s resolutions. Some involve doughnuts.Chatsworth Deforming LAUSD Re “Showdown in Sacramento” (Aug. 15): How do you deform the Los Angeles Unified School District? By keeping the parents misinformed and out of the loop. The mayor of Los Angeles should be ashamed of himself using parents by recruiting them from shelters, promises to rectify their housing situation, taking them on a trip to Sacramento and not telling them what they are there for. His MO is the same with developing this bill; the amendments keep coming in the dark after closed-door meetings. This is the definition of transparency. Parents are about building communities, not destroying. – Zella Knight Re “Bratton alarmed by rise in attacks on L.A. officers” (Aug. 15): I think that the overwhelming majority of people do support our police. I also think that the majority of elected officials don’t. Certainly not by their actions. It’s as easy and obvious as figuring out who attacks cops and then allotting resources to solve that problem. I think the statistics will point toward certain groups or types of people who stand out as the most consistent offenders. Getting guns off the street won’t help as criminals will always be able to find guns. The assault rifle used in the latest attack has been banned for many years. Allowing responsible, properly trained citizens the “right to carry,” as allowed in the vast majority of states, would also be a step in the right direction. – David Silverman Sun Valley All about power Re “Showdown in Sacramento” (Aug. 15): If Mayor Villaraigosa really wants to aid education in Los Angeles as well as California he should support school vouchers. As a major player in the state’s Democratic Party, which runs California, he could be very influential. Unfortunately, in the case of the mayor, his only interest is power, political power. Once again the kids take a back seat to political ambition. – Lawrence A. Calabro Northridge Everybody loses I am made sick by President Bush’s claim that Israel has somehow been victorious in recent battles with Hezbollah rebels and the Lebanese people. Over 800 people are dead, the Lebanese infrastructure lies in ruins, the U.S.-supported democratic Lebanese government has been weakened, the Israeli government is in chaos, and terrorist organizations all over the Middle East have been emboldened. Of greatest importance, further doubts have been cast on America’s willingness and ability to resolve conflict before engaging in war. A humane and effective leader would see that the entire world has lost in this war. – Michael Menchaca Santa Clarita Illegal is the problem Re “Anti-illegal-immigrant groups multiply” (Aug. 13): In reply to your Aug. 13 column by Rachel Uranga. Throughout the long article Rachel quotes several people who talk about people against immigrants. In the third paragraph from the end of the article she says, “But the intense focus on Latino immigrants, particularly Mexicans, has some worried about fear and anger being stoked in California, home to 2.1 million illegal immigrants.” Then she quotes in the last two paragraphs where Pachon is talking about the problems immigrants are causing in California, ending the article with the impression that immigrants are the problem. Dead wrong. It’s the people who are in this country illegally that are the problem, not immigrants. That’s what has the country worked up. – Cecil Hatfield Thousand Oaks Councilmen respond Re “Self-serving council” (Our Opinions, Aug. 14): The decision to hold the $1.5 billion street-repair initiative until a later election was indeed made because of the large number of bonds on the ballot. We predict that many of those bonds will be defeated, and our proposal to repave 60 percent of Los Angeles’ broken streets in eight years is too important to lose. The goals of the initiative have tremendous support, including a unanimous vote of support by the Local Issues Committee of the Valley Industry and Commerce Association. By waiting, we feel voters would be able to judge the initiative, and the broad benefits it would bring, fairly and on its own merits. – Greig Smith and Tony Cardenas Councilmen Los Angeles Casino workers pact Re “Unions denounce governor’s deal with tribe” (Aug. 9): The Agua Caliente compact’s labor protections allow organization by casino workers, and are identical to those in compacts signed by Gray Davis. The compact includes strong protections for the employees and patrons, including compliance with federal health and safety standards, participation in the state’s unemployment insurance compensation system, participation in the state’s workers’ compensation system (or a comparable program that complies with the recent reforms), and dispute resolution provisions. The $1.8 billion that this agreement will contribute to the state General Fund can be used to improve roads and schools, public health programs, and social services for all Californians. – Andrea Hoch Legal affairs secretary Office of the Governor Called up Last week a kid at work was “called up” to return to active duty. Presumably he will be deployed to build up security at LAX for a month or so. He returned to the U.S. in January of this year (in one piece) after proudly serving four years in Iraq as a weapons sergeant, including doing time in Fallujah. He has shared with us stories of sand in everything, drinking water that is always warm, and showers that are always cold. He spared us the gore, but when talking about Iraq, he gets a haunted look in his eyes. Phillipe is the guy who would work until he dropped and still have a good attitude. He and his wife are expecting their second child in two weeks. If he is sent back to Iraq instead, what are the chances that this young man/father/inspiration will come back alive? Not fair, and not right. – Jennifer Rabuchin Burbank European legacy Europe’s long experience in international affairs gave us over 150 million dead during the 20th century. Its legacy is a poisoned posterity. Look at the news: Israeli children live in bomb shelters and come out to write messages on shells that will be shot into Hezbollah neighborhoods and Hezbollah and Hamas children practice handling explosives-laden vests so they can become martyrs. They’re trapped by events that took place before they were born in places they’ve never visited, driven by ideologies they do not understand. That’s our collective gift to them. Where is the serious diplomatic effort to cut out the roots of the problem? Why do we always get a patchwork solution that provides a momentary salve until those who perpetuated the fraud can retire to write their memoirs? – Walt Meares Burbank Fighting corrosion Re “Corroded pipeline?” (Your Opinions, Aug. 15): Were corrosion that simple to detect and to take care of. Cathodic engineers are fighting this battle continually. Anything that can corrode will tend to go back to its natural original state. With the Alaskan pipeline, however, the problem is even more complicated with the northern lights applying an electromagnetic field to exposed pipe while the pipe below ground requires a different electrical charge. To keep corrosion from happening, the electrical charge on the pipeline must be kept negative with respect to ground. This means that material will be drawn to the pipe and not away from it. This is the basic theory; the application is far more complex. – Dave Whitelaw Eagle Rock160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Breen denies Derry to rescue a draw for Bonagee

first_imgCHRIS BREEN struck to earn Bonagee United a share of the spoils against Derry City Reserves in the Donegal USL League Cup tonight.Bonagee United 1 Derry City 1by Chris McNulty at Dry Arch Park Breen’s leveller, after Kevin McKinney opened the scoring with a superb volley, rescued Jason Gibson’s hosts, who were indebted to goalkeeper Eugene Ferry in the first half as he kept Derry at bay.But Derry weren’t denied when McKinney was picked out at the far post from a corner and he riffled to the net. McKinney made no mistake with a fine strike.It was going to take something from the top drawer to beat the on-song Ferry and his side responded soon after.Former Finn Harps attacker Breen – who was sent in as a half-time replacement for Duncan Patterson – surged through and tucked to the net after skipping past the advancing goalkeeper Daniel Houghton. Right at the end, with the final play of the game, Bonagee almost sneaked the win, but Gareth Breslin couldn’t get on the end of a free kick when well placed at the far post.The Candystripes – under the direction of Mark McChrystal – drew one-all with Cockhill Celtic in their opener on Sunday-week last, with Aidy Delap cancelling out an opener from Adam Duffy.Delap wasn’t included in the 18-man panel here, though the likes of Patrick Ferry, Brendan Barr, Jack Coyle and Jack Parke gave them an outlook of real energy.It was Parke who carved out a tidy opening for the visitors 16 minutes in, with Jack Coyle – son of legendary Derry striker Liam – firing wide from the edge of the area.Eugene Ferry, the Bonagee goalkeeper, saved superbly from Ferry with the follow-up by Mark McFadden also kept out by the home number 1. Garbhan Grant fired off target from distance before the home side saw a glorious opportunity go amiss.Grant’s attempt, with Houghton off his line, fell invitingly to Ryan Rainey at the back post. The goal might have been yawning, but Rainey’s shot, off the lesser-used left foot, was into the side netting.Ferry saved the hosts again on the half-hour when he saved and managed to hold onto Coyle’s close-range header.After Rainey drove wide from distance at one end, Eugene Ferry repelled another Derry attempt when he clawed away Patrick Ferry’s shot from 12 yards after Parke made the yards out on the right. Bonagee United: Eugene Ferry; Duncan Patterson (Chris Breen 45), Mark Harkin, Gareth Breslin, Jamie Lynagh; Deano Larkin, Daniel O’Donnell, Ryan Rainey; Garbhan Grant (Peter Carr 81), Jordan Armstrong (Michael Funston 32), Micheál Doherty (Codey Brogan 81).Derry City Reserves: Daniel Houghton; Jack Parke, Adam Taggart (Shaun McDermott 45), Kevin McKinney, Evan McLaughlin; Caoimhin Porter, (Michael Harris 45) Brendan Barr (Orin McLaughlin 57), Mark McFadden (Jason Donegan 45), Daylen Farren; Jack Coyle (Aaron McDaid 68), Patrick Ferry.Referee: Packie Coll.Breen denies Derry to rescue a draw for Bonagee was last modified: September 12th, 2019 by Chris McNultyShare 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:BONAGEE UNITEDChris BreenDerry City ReservesEugene FerryJason GibsonKevin McKinneyMichael FunstonRyan Raineylast_img read more

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Scotland ‘will play in empty stadium’ to save their World Cup

first_imgSuch a shock move is certain to spark a huge backlash from the Scotland faithful, especially as World Rugby had previously insisted they had contingency measures in place for typhoon season.The Scottish Rugby Union have already insisted it “fully expects” plans will be made to ensure the game goes ahead.But having also called off New Zealand’s clash with Italy – effectively knocking the Azzurri out of the competition – it appears World Rugby are not willing to budge on their rules that state pool matches cannot be rescheduled to a later date.However, Townsend believes there are other ways to ensure the Japan clash goes ahead. The Scotland head coach, speaking at a hastily-arranged press conference at the team hotel in Hamamatsu, said: “We believe the game hasn’t been cancelled because the weather forecast is much improved for Sunday.“It looks like the game will be played and that’s what we have to keep faith with. (World Rugby) have made the call with a lot of certainty and a lot of confidence that the game will go ahead on Sunday night.“I’d hope that everyone who is involved in the tournament would want the game to be played and that they will do all they can to ensure that it is.“We have to have faith in the organisers that the game will be played even if it’s behind closed doors or at a different venue.”He added: “There are lots of different venues that might not be affected by the weather. There are training venues. We trained at NTT. Japan trained at Prince Chichibu, which has previously hosted international games.“What do we need? We need officials, we need players. The way I read the rules was that you can’t change days but you could change venues and contingencies would be in place. “I’ve since been told there is force majeure (measures in the rules) and things can change because of exceptional circumstances.“If that means Monday because it takes a day for things to be put back in order then who knows. But right now I think they’re planning on it going ahead on Sunday.”However, tournament director Alan Gilpin has already ruled out a change of date.Asked if Scotland’s game could be pushed back 24 hours, he told an emergency press conference in Tokyo: “We have looked again at the potential to apply some consistency to our contingency plan across all the games and we treat all the matches fairly.“Italy are in the same position as Scotland are in. It is a huge match and we would be loving to play that game. But we won’t treat that match any differently.”With the plans for Sunday’s match unchanged, Scotland are now set to ride into the eye of the storm.While the Scots are readying themselves to travel to Yokohama on Friday, England are packing up and leaving town after their showdown with Les Blues on Saturday at the same venue was called off amid fears the “explosive” super cyclone could bring extensive damage to the region if it stays on its current trajectory.Hagibis was at one stage predicted to bring winds of more than 160mph to Tokyo and Yokohama on Saturday, with its effects also due to spill into the following day.In a statement, World Rugby said: “Every effort is being made to ensure Sunday’s matches will be played as scheduled. A thorough assessment of venues will take place after the typhoon has passed before a final decision is made on Sunday morning.”Asked if it would be a bitter blow to see Scotland dumped out on the back of a cancelled fixture, Townsend said: “It will make things very unusual for a World Cup in any sport to be decided by a game being called off on one day.“Let’s say you’re looking out of your hotel window at 5 o’clock on Sunday afternoon and it’s sunny. It would be strange if a game couldn’t take place that day or the following day.” Gregor Townsend has called on World Cup chiefs to do everything they can to ensure Scotland’s win-or-bust clash with Japan goes ahead on Sunday – even if it means playing behind closed doors.World Rugby have been forced to call off two games on Saturday – including England’s meeting with France – as Super Typhoon Hagibis prepares to wreak havoc across Japan’s eastern coast.But they have delayed making a decision on scrapping the Scots’ final Pool A match with the hosts at Yokohama’s International Stadium until the morning of the game in the hope that the worst of the storm will have passed by the 7.45pm kick-off time.Scotland need to beat the Brave Blossoms to progress but cancelling the game would see the match recorded as a draw and spell the end of the Dark Blues’ campaign without them kicking another ball.last_img read more

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