Connacht put travel woes behind them to focus on Brive cup clash

first_imgConnacht will aim to put the “mental challenge” of a marathon journey home from Siberia behind them when they resume European Challenge Cup action on Saturday. After beating tournament newcomers Enisei-STM 31-14 in Krasnoyarsk last Saturday – a game played in minus 20 degree temperatures – it then took three days for the entire Connacht squad to arrive back in Galway. A combination of technical problems with their charter plane, missed flights and visa issues conspired against them, meaning head coach Pat Lam has had little time to prepare for this weekend’s Pool One appointment with French challengers Brive. Warriors head coach Carl Hogg said: ” Zebre have a number of Italian internationals with a lot of experience, so they will be tough to beat. We won’t underestimate them by any means.” Irish, meanwhile, will aim to build on last Saturday’s 48-10 victory over Agen, and scrum-half Darren Allinson said: “We played some good rugby and scored eight tries, which will give the squad confidence going into the Grenoble game. “It will be a step up. Grenoble are a good side and they have some real quality in their squad, so we know what we are coming up against.” World Cup-winning New Zealand prop Ben Franks is on the bench for Irish, with Jebb Sinclair gaining a start in the back-row alongside Joe Trayfoot and Luke Narraway. Elsewhere on Saturday, Pool Two sees Sale Sharks hosting Pau, while Sharks’ opening weekend conquerors Newport Gwent Dragons visit Castres. Sale show a number of changes from the side beaten in Wales five days ago, with wing Will Addison, lock Bryn Evans and flanker TJ Ioane among those returning to action in a team captained by back-row forward Magnus Lund. “It was minus 30 degrees when we had to get off the charter plane on Saturday night. We had to go back to our original hotel and split the group up,” Lam said. “One group went home via Amsterdam, one via Paris and another via London. It has been a bit like a game – things happened, and we just had to adjust. “It became a long, long journey home, but the whole trip was fantastic. It turned into a mental challenge, and we were all under the pump. “It has shortened our preparation for Brive, but there are some things you simply can’t control. We just had to get on with it. “I changed the training schedule for this week four times, and it meant we only got one run-out before facing Brive.” While Connacht are now back on familiar territory, English contenders Worcester and London Irish face trips to Italy and France, respectively, with the Warriors tackling Zebre in Pool Four and early Pool Five pace-setters Irish visiting Grenoble. Worcester opened with a hard-earned win against La Rochelle six days ago, and they need to back that up at Stadio Sergio Lanfranchi in Parma ahead of home and away clashes against Aviva Premiership rivals Gloucester next month that could effectively decide their European group. Georgia international hooker Jaba Bregvadze and Worcester academy prop Gareth Milasinovich both make full debuts for Worcester, with scrum-half JB Bruzulier returning from a loan spell at Clermont Auvergne to captain the team. Press Associationlast_img read more

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We want India at Commonwealth Games, no question: UK minister

first_img The UK government has stepped in to back India in an ongoing row over Shooting being dropped from the Commonwealth Games to be held in the British city of Birmingham in 2022.Britain’s Sports Minister Nigel Adams said that India was an important Commonwealth country and he has written to the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) to try and find a solution to the impasse.”We want India to be here, no question,” the Minister of State for Sport, Media and Creative Industries said in a statement on August 13. It means there will be 135 medals available for women and 133 for men.It also marks the first time that cricket, a sport associated with many Commonwealth countries, has been included at the Commonwealth Games since South Africa won a men’s 50-over tournament in Kuala Lumpur in 1998.”We want every single nation and territory eligible to compete in the Commonwealth Games, including India, to be in Birmingham in 2022,” Reid added. READ | CWG 2022 | Indian Olympic Association Mulls Boycott After Non Inclusion Of Shooting In Commonwealth Games 2022 “India is a critical member of the Commonwealth, we want Indian athletes to participate, and there is a strong Indian community in Birmingham which wants to celebrate these athletes,” said Grevemberg. 1 year ago Accused of misbehaviour, Team India’s administrative manager Sunil Subramanium asked to return from West Indies A possible compromise where a Commonwealth Shooting competition could be staged at Bisley in Surrey, instead of Birmingham, has been on the cards.However, Ian Reid the CEO for Birmingham 2022, believes holding events outside of the West Midlands region was not ideal.READ | Weightlifters CT Davinder Kaur and CT Manpreet Kaur make India Proud With Medal Wins At Commonwealth Senior Championship; CRPF Lauds The Duo”The panel determined that the proposed location for shooting at Bisley in Surrey offered little or no benefit to the West Midlands, in a Games with a significant proportion of funding coming from the region,” said Reid. The Indian Olympic Association (IOC) is set to decide next month whether to boycott the Games after it was confirmed that shooting would not be included for the first time since 1970.India won a record 16 shooting medals at the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast last year.David Grevemberg, the chief executive of the Commonwealth Games Federation, has also indicated plans to speak to the IOC to try and find a resolution. 1 year ago Anand Mahindra super-impressed after Iran gym-goers break into impromptu Bhangra on a Tamil song, watch video “I totally understand how passionate people are about shooting across the Commonwealth. I’ve already written to the Commonwealth Games Federation to see if we can accommodate shooting in some form, maybe a Commonwealth Shooting Championship,” he said. COMMENT Last Updated: 14th August, 2019 21:31 IST We Want India At Commonwealth Games, No Question: UK Minister The UK government has stepped in to back India in an ongoing row over Shooting being dropped from the Commonwealth Games to be held in the British city of Birmingham in 2022. Birmingham 2022 is being billed as the first major multi-sport event to feature more women’s medal events than men’s after women’s T20 cricket, beach volleyball and para table tennis were added to the programme. LIVE TVcenter_img First Published: 14th August, 2019 21:31 IST WE RECOMMEND SUBSCRIBE TO US “We have spoken with the CGF and understand senior executives hope to meet with the Indian Olympic Association soon to discuss their concerns. It’s our hope that we will be welcoming India to Birmingham in 2022,” he said. Written By WATCH US LIVE Birmingham 2022’s stand is that shooting is not a core Commonwealth Games Federation sport, but an optional one and that in December 2017, it was not included in Birmingham’s bid to host the 2022 Games.It instead proposed adding three sports women’s Cricket, para table tennis and beach volleyball all of which can be staged in venues in Birmingham or the West Midlands, “bringing additional benefits to a region that is providing substantial funding for the Games”. Press Trust Of India FOLLOW US 1 year ago Sri Lanka vs New Zealand: Akila Dananjaya takes a fifer with remodelled action, Ross Taylor holds nerve to keep Kiwis stablelast_img read more

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