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Replay: Ashes First Test, day two

Written By Unknown on Jumat, 22 November 2013 | 16.42

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AUSTRALIA have taken a massive 224-run lead into day three of the first Ashes Test after one of their most successful days of cricket in recent memory.


The Aussies started the day by being dismissed for 294, and things looked ominous when England's opening batsmen got off to a solid start.

But things went pear-shaped for the tourists, and fast, as they suffered an almighty collapse to be bowled out for just 136.

At one stage England lost 6-9, with Mitchell Johnson the chief destroyer with four wickets, although he was ably supported by Ryan Harris (3-28) and Nathan Lyon (2-17).

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Mowen reveals self-imposed booze ban

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WALLABIES captain Ben Mowen has revealed that he has been on a self-imposed alcohol ban for most of 2013, a year in which he's made his Test debut, taken the Brumbies to the Super Rugby final and risen to skipper the national side.

It is a telling revelation in the week of the Wallabies' booze scandal, and further ratification of coach Ewen McKenzie's decision to appoint him captain of the side three weeks ago despite just a handful of Tests.

"I can't mix alcohol and performance, I know that, I can't do it," Mowen said ahead of the Wallabies showdown with Scotland this weekend.

"I didn't drink for the first seven or eight months of this year, because I knew that for me, to get the best out of myself as a footballer, I can't do it.

"I know that because as a young bloke I did used to drink and think I could do it, and I can't.

"I just don't get results on the field, I don't play good footy when I'm drinking, so I just have to avoid it.

"I've been having drinks time to time, because in this environment I think it's good to connect with the guys.

"But I was on a self-imposed alcohol ban for the first half of the year, I didn't drink until after the Lions (series)."

McKenzie is hoping that some of his other squad members follow Mowen's lead.

Mowen was out with a group of players last Wednesday week in Dublin who went on to drink until 3.30am, resulting in the unparalleled standing down of six players for one game each and reprimands for nine others.

Asked if he'd told those players before he left to return to the team hotel early, Mowen replied: "I never will do that, because I treat blokes like men.

Ben Mowen has revealed that he has been on a self-imposed alcohol ban for most of 2013. Source: AP

"I know there have been examples brought up around how Kiwis do things, but I think culturally as Australians we treat each other a certain way.

"And I know the way I like to relate to the guys, I just trust them to do the right thing. I'm not going to tell them to do the right thing, I just trust that they will.

"In time, if you're giving guys that trust, they want to return it.

"I don't think anyone intentionally tried to do the wrong thing.

"The reasons they stayed out, when you get down to it, was that they were enjoying each others' company. If you take the enjoying each others' company part of out it, that's a good sign. But doing that not in the context, that's the bad part.

"I know a lot has been said this week about not doing anything wrong publicly, I think that says a lot about the guys' mindset.

"It was not to disrespect anyone, it was more that they just got carried away."

Mowen believes while it has been a painful lesson to learn for the 15 players, McKenzie's stand will pay dividends in future.

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"I know where we want to go as a side in terms of performance," Mowen said.

"What we need to acknowledge is that, until this point, everything we've done hasn't led to success.

"It's led to a lot of us getting here, but if we are dead serious about going from fourth in the world to No. 1 in the next two years, then we've got to do things that are well out of our comfort zone.

"Just saying that getting here is the goal is not a reality.

"We need to be winning a World Cup, we need to be the No. 1 side in the world, we need to be collecting trophies in the next two years to get us to that point.

"So the challenge is going to be getting guys right out of their comfort zone and establishing some pretty big behavioural change.

"The bluntness of that shows this week.

Ben Mowen in action against Ireland last week. Source: Getty Images

"I want to see guys enjoying themselves for the right reasons, with their teammates and doing the right thing, not being out and being gooses out on the town and carrying on, but just really being quite humble and enjoying each others' company.

"I see value in that, but the timing's not right. I 100 per cent agree with that, and I feel for those guys because you're on the end of the bluntness.

"But we can't have any grey in that, Link has made it very black and white about expectation.

"As tough as this period has been for us as a group, it going be something we reflect on, that whatever side is the make-up in two years' time and hopefully with the success, they'll say this was a really important stepping stone."

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'Samoan Mortlock' takes centre stage

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HE is the self-proclaimed "Samoan Stirling Mortlock" in the Wallabies "Kiwi" backline.

Christian Lealiifano hopes to emulate one of Australia's greatest centres after being named in the famous Wallabies No. 13 jersey and being handed goal-kicking responsibilities.

And incredibly, the silky-skilled 26-year-old is one of five New Zealand-born players in Australia's starting backline against Scotland, alongside Quade Cooper, Mike Harris, Joe Tomane and Chris Feauai-Sautia.

With halfback Will Genia born in Papua New Guinea, star fullback Israel Folau is the only back who was born in Australia starting the match at Murrayfield.

Lealiifano partners Harris in an all-new Wallabies midfield at Murrayfield following injury to Matt Toomua, the IRB suspension of Tevita Kuridrani, and Wallabies disciplinary suspension of Adam Ashley-Cooper.

"I was saying to the boys before, I feel like the Samoan Stirling Mortlock, because I'm playing No. 13 and goal-kicking. I've got more hair though," Leali'ifano said.

Playing his first top-line match at outside centre - a position he last played in New Zealand club rugby three years ago - Lealiifano will no doubt be a target of Scotland's attack in the tough defensive channel.

"It will probably be the obvious thing to do, but I'm excited about that challenge," said Lealiifano, who up to now has played all his senior rugby at inside centre or five-eighth.

Christian Lealiifano returns to the Wallabies staring line-up this weekend. Source: News Corp Australia

"Talking to (regular outside centres Ashley-Cooper and Kuridrani), they said 'You've got a lot more time to see and make your reads in defence'.

"I am seeing that at training, and those boys are definitely testing me there.

"I have been waiting for a chance to get in the top 15, and now I am there I can hopefully play well."

Lealiifano said he was fully behind coach Ewen McKenzie's tough stance on the 15 players who had the infamous drinking session in Dublin last week.

"We've had the worst year in Australian history, we have to buy in to the change," he said.

"It's been tough, but I feel like we're getting through.

"Obviously Ewen has made a strong stand there but I'm excited about that and I back him on the decision because for us to be a better team, a world class team, we need to make tough decisions and get through together.

"It's been tough, no doubt about it, but I feel we've got enough depth and belief that with the guys that have been stood down or injured, we've got the guys that can get the job done.

"You've got to keep in the back of your mind that you're here to represent your nation.

"I hate losing, I think you've got to do everything you can to put yourself in a position where you are world-class."

Scotland vs Australia, Murrayfield, Edinburgh, Sunday 5am (AEDT)

SCOTLAND: 15. Sean Maitland 14. Tommy Seymour 13. Nick de Luca 12. Duncan Taylor 11. Sean Lamont 10. Duncan Weir 9. Greig Laidlaw 8. David Denton 7. Kelly Brown (captain) 6. Johnnie Beattie 5. Jim Hamilton 4. Grant Gilchrist 3. Moray Low 2. Ross Ford 1. Ryan Grant.

Reserves: 16. Pat MacArthur 17. Alasdair Dickinson 18. Euan Murray 19. Jonny Gray 20. Kieran Low 21. Chris Cusiter 22. Ruaridh Jackson 23. Max Evans.

WALLABIES: 15. Israel Folau 14. Joe Tomane 13. Christian Leali'ifano 12. Mike Harris 11. Chris Feauai-Sautia 10. Quade Cooper (vice-captain) 9. Will Genia 8. Ben Mowen (captain) 7. Michael Hooper 6. Scott Fardy 5. James Horwill 4. Rob Simmons 3. Sekope Kepu 2. Stephen Moore 1. James Slipper.

Reserves: 16. Saia Fainga'a 17. Ben Alexander 18. Paddy Ryan 19. Sitaleki Timani 20. Ben McCalman 21. Nic White 22. Nick Phipps 23. Bernard Foley.

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McKenzie won't call on Giteau and co

Written By Unknown on Kamis, 21 November 2013 | 16.42

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JAMES O'Connor, Digby Ioane, Berrick Barnes and Drew Mitchell would have made handy replacements in the Wallabies backline this weekend given the astounding chop-and-change necessary to field a team at Murrayfield.

Even the in-form Matt Giteau was thrown up as a potential backline saviour against the Scots.

But coach Ewen McKenzie, who has lost four starting backline players through disciplinary sanctions (Adam Ashley-Cooper and Nick Cummins), IRB suspension (Tevita Kuridrani) and a hamstring injury (Matt Toomua) in a matter of days, emphatically rejected recalling any player who abandoned the gold jersey to chase overseas cash.

"Even though they were playing for the Wallabies, they decided to leave, so in my mind, they've chosen something else above being a Wallaby," McKenzie said.

Matt Giteau scores a try for his French club Toulon. Source: AFP

"So I don't think about them. It doesn't mean I don't talk to them but they're not in the plans.

"There is a distinct criteria; you have to play Super Rugby, and then there's whether, in my mind, they were incumbent Wallabies when they decided to leave.

"A lot of these guys made their decision at the start of the year, they were incumbent Wallabies the year before but they still chose to go.

"It says they were interested in other things at that point in time."

James O'Connor has joined English club London Irish. Source: Getty Images

That's not to say he didn't consider drafting in any European-based Australians; backrower Peter Kimlin and prop Dan Palmer would have been contacted had the same problem occurred in McKenzie's forward pack, which remains intact from last weekend.

"They chose to go in an environment where they weren't required, a lot of the other guys were already contracted Wallabies when they made the decision to leave," McKenzie said.

Digby Ioane left Australia to join Stade Francais in Paris. Source: AP

"Peter Kimlin's different, he wanted to be a Wallaby but nobody showed any interest for three years so he made a decision. Then I was interested, but it was too late, he'd already made the decision (to sign with Grenoble).

"Probably Dan Palmer (also Grenoble) falls into that category, but they've both been injured."

O'Connor is playing in the English competition with London Irish, while Ioane, Giteau and Mitchell are in France. Barnes is playing in Japan.

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Wallabies name patched-up backline

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EWEN McKenzie has been forced to go left-field with selections in a bid to merely field a team amid the carnage of this week, picking a fullback at inside centre, an inside centre at outside centre, and grooming a halfback to play on the wing.

The Wallabies coach has selected Mike Harris in midfield to partner Christian Lealiifano - who plays his first Test in the unfamiliar No. 13 jersey - for what he calls one of the team's "greatest challenges" against Scotland this weekend.

Back-up Wallabies halfback Nick Phipps ended up on the wing during the carnage of the first British and Irish Test this year, and now he may have to reprise the role in this hotchpotch squad.

Phipps has been named on the bench to cover a number of positions due to the incredible few days of anarchy within the camp, with six players suspended for drinking including starting wingers Adam Ashley-Cooper and Nick Cummins, while centre pair Tevita Kuridrani (suspended by IRB for a tip-tackle in last week's Test) and Matt Toomua (hamstring injury) have also been rubbed out.

Mike Harris will start at inside centre for the Wallabies. Source: Getty Images

"This will be one of our greatest challenges," McKenzie said.

"But all the guys getting an opportunity will be hungry for different reasons, if we don't get the best out of them now, I don't know if we ever will.

"This is a test of character for everyone, all of us, coaches, the whole lot.

"It will be an important moment."

The forward pack remains unchanged from last weekend's win over Ireland, but four direct changes in the backline will create serious challenges for the team.

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Harris played his last Test one year ago off the bench, and largely played fullback for the Reds this season in Super Rugby.

He will now be second-receiver to Quade Cooper, a role he filled capably at times during the Reds' championship 2011 season.

Meanwhile, 20-year-old Chris Feauai-Sautia will play just his second Test for the Wallabies on the wing at Murrayfield, joining Israel Folau and Joe Tomane in the back three.

Chris Feauai-Sautia has been named on the wing for the Wallabies. Source: Getty Images

While back-up utility Bernard Foley can expect first chance if there is an early injury in the backline, Phipps must be prepared to cover a number of unfamiliar positions should there be a repeat of the Lions mayhem, when Australia lost four backs to injury during the game.

"We practice our base game all the time, all the guys practice that," McKenzie said.

"We train team-on-team all the time, these guys interchange all the time.

"Even Phipps on the bench, he trains in multiple positions, he is a halfback but in he trains in a lot of other positions anyway. When (Nic) White and (Will) Genia are training against each the Phipps actually training in other positions.

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"He is well tooled up, he's got all the skills to be able to play different positions. In his career he's played on the wing at the Wallaby level, he's also played in the midfield before.

"This is going to be a tough game, he is a good, hard, competitive player.

"The thing he does bring is a lot of energy, that's what we want, guys on the bench to lift the performance.

"Foley is the obvious guy to be first on the field to cover multiple positions.

Scrumhalf Nick Phipps might have to cover a number of backline positions for the Wallabies. Source: News Corp Australia

"Phipps has actually trained really hard, an opportunity for him is not untimely.

"He's our most energetic person probably outside of Hooper, he is a more verbal version of Hooper, it's hard to keep him quiet.

"So I think he will be a very useful guy in the 23 to encourage and get out there and play, and he will be the most enthusiastic guy out there, for sure."

Scotland has beaten Australia in their past two meetings.

WALLABIES: 15. Israel Folau 14. Joe Tomane 13. Christian Lealiifano 12. Mike Harris 11. Chris Feauai-Sautia 10. Quade Cooper (vice-captain) 9. Will Genia 8. Ben Mowen (captain) 7. Michael Hooper 6. Scott Fardy 5. James Horwill 4. Rob Simmons 3. Sekope Kepu 2. Stephen Moore 1. James Slipper.

Reserves: 16. Saia Fainga'a 17. Ben Alexander 18. Paddy Ryan 19. Sitaleki Timani 20. Ben McCalman 21. Nic White 22. Nick Phipps 23. Bernard Foley.

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Suck it up, Link tells Wallabies

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SHOCKED Wallabies players still reeling from their suspensions and warnings over last week's drinking session in Dublin were told at a meeting yesterday to "suck it up" by coach Ewen McKenzie.

The harsh penalties handed down by McKenzie have been deeply embarrassing for many players who have otherwise had an unblemished career, and once the news was splashed across newspapers in Australia it also affected their families.

"There's pressures that come to bear, everyone reads the newspapers, everyone has got a story, it is what it is," McKenzie said.

"I did talk to the playing group about (how) nothing is going to change, so you've just got to suck it up and get going.

"It's not going to suddenly change in three days' time, but what can change is how we function as a group, we'll just pull together, circle the wagons and get on with it.

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"Because things had evolved, and for the playing group, by the time it hits the papers and there is the reaction from back home from family and friends, at that point in time it is stressful.

"So in the context of that, what can you do? Everyone can run off and look after themselves, or you can get together as a group and get on with it."

McKenzie said the 15 disciplined players were "not obviously" moping or complaining about their sanctions.

"I'm sure there will be guys disappointed with the circumstance and wish they had their time over again, but it's a spent arrow.

"It's gone, it's dealt with, we'll just get on with the Test.

"There is a lot of potential for distraction but by the time we get to the game I'm not worried about it, I think they'll be singularly focused on what's required."

McKenzie remained unapologetic for his tough stance, saying his players needed to learn how to be elite sportsmen 24-7.

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"It doesn't matter about the alcohol, it's about as a high-performance athlete, getting your best day in day out so we can play our best game on the weekend," McKenzie said.

"In the end we wouldn't have got to where we've got to if we didn't feel we needed to change direction to get a better outcome.

"There's plenty of people doing the right thing, almost all the time.

"But if you're going to be elite, you can't just be elite 95 per cent of the time, because all you're doing is missing that five per cent.

"And when you're involved in elite sport, five per cent is a big margin.

"We want to try to get that as close to 100 per cent as possible.

"We've got to make sure all the behaviours line up, all the technical things line up, so the personnel we've got can get us the best outcome."

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Wallabies reject division claims

Written By Unknown on Rabu, 20 November 2013 | 16.42

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JAMES Horwill has rejected speculation that the Wallabies are a divided group and that players dobbed in teammates who were out until the early hours of last Wednesday.

In the wake of coach Ewen McKenzie's decision to suspend six players and caution a further nine in his squad over a boozy night out, there has been conjecture that the coach was tipped off by players.

McKenzie won't reveal how he learned that some of his squad members returned to the team hotel around 4am, but former skipper Horwill was unequivocal when pressed on the issue.

"There is no division, I can't see that anyone has dobbed anyone in from my knowledge," Horwill said.

"So that is taking a fair stretch to assume that.

Deposed Wallabies skipper James Horwill has supported Ewen McKenzie's decision to ban six Test players.

"And I wouldn't say there's any fractions either, we're about winning games and playing for your country, it's a very tight group and a group that enjoy each others' company."

Horwill also denied suggestions by his former Test teammate Drew Mitchell, who Tweeted that "some players think drinking a few beers is worse for the culture than texting shit behind their teammates backs".

"I don't see any of it, so I can't comment on any of that, not to my knowledge, it doesn't go in my understanding," Horwill said.

"Individuals are allowed their opinion, the most important thing for us is to focus on the group, and focus on winning football games, because in the end that's what we're judged on."

If there is a rift, it was impossible to tell at the Wallabies' training session on Tuesday, with plenty of cheering, laughing and clapping during a solid run that featured some of the most precise execution on tour so far.

"I still think the team is culturally in a very good space, the players all really enjoy each others' company," Horwill said.

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"We've spent a lot of time together since August, we've pretty much spent more time with each other than anyone else in our lives.

"The team, I think, gets along really well. There's no issues, it's a very tight group, it's been a group I enjoy being a part of.

"You enjoy the success, and you need to stick tight when things aren't as good, and that's what we're doing now and we support everyone in the group.

"There's no fractions or anything like that, it's about the team first."

Asked if there was any confusion from the playing group about what time they were expected to return from their night out, Horwill replied: "I think guys knew that Ewen's understanding was you did everything to prepare as best as possible for the weekend.

"That was what he wanted, that's what I understood, I guess moving forward he has made it black and white, very clear now.

"I wouldn't say guys have knowingly gone out and purposely done things to do it, guys have made decisions based on what they've wanted to do.

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"Each individual has been held accountable for the decisions that have been made."

Horwill was among those who returned to the team hotel straight after dinner and grinned that at 28 years, he could no longer handle the late nights.

"I am getting old now, I get a bit sore and tired, and I like my beauty sleep," he said.

"I just went home, because I wanted to go to bed.

"The body doesn't respond to training like it used to."

As for McKenzie's new drinking ban for all days except after the game for the remainder of the tour, Horwill said: "That's the way sometimes the world works and you've just got to deal with it.

"We want guys to do the right thing.

"The head coach is there to make tough decisions, he's made those decisions based on what he feels is best for team at that point in time, and you've got to support the coach because the team is his priority."

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Mexico down NZ to seal Cup berth

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MEXICO qualified for their sixth successive World Cup on Wednesday with a 4-2 victory in the second leg of their intercontinental play-off against New Zealand, for a 9-3 aggregate win.

A new-look All Whites team regained some pride with two late goals, but were once again outclassed by Mexico 4-2 in the second leg of their World Cup play-off in Wellington on Wednesday.

Striker Oribe Peralta's first-half hat-trick put the result beyond doubt, adding to the two goals he scored last week against New Zealand at Estadio Azteca in Mexico City.

Mexico's Oribe Peralta, center, celebrates with teammates. Source: AP

But a Chris James penalty and an 85th Rory Fallon strike meant the Kiwis finished their World Cup campaign on a positive note.

The Kiwis were caught out time again by Mexico's pace, precision and timing right from the start.

Peralta opened the scoring in the 13th minute, ghosting through unmarked to slot Carlos Pena's cross past keeper Glen Moss after the Kiwis had impressed with a bright start.

Coach Ricki Herbert had made five changes to his starting 11 with Shane Smeltz, Marco Rojas and James boosting the attacking line, while young defenders Bill Tuiloma and Storm Roux came in at the back.

Mexico's Oribe Peralta, left, celebrates after scoring a goal against New Zealand. Source: AP

Rojas and Kosta Barbarouses both impressed with surging runs early on, but although the All Whites were creating chances, the Mexican defence always looked in control.

Peralta picked up his second as the half-hour mark neared, unmarked in the middle and set up by an inch-perfect Miguel Layun cross.

His third came on 33 minutes as Mexico again sliced the All Whites open down the left, the Kiwis proving vulnerable on the counterattack as they pushed players forward.

Their best chance came in the 38th minute, when Mexico keeper Moises Munoz brought down striker Jeremy Brockie in the box and referee Felix Brych of Germany pointed to the spot.

Brockie, who has yet to score in 41 appearances for New Zealand, extended his drought as Munoz made a comfortable save to give Mexico a 3-0 lead at the break.

Mexico's goal keeper Moises Munoz saves a penalty. Source: AP

Herbert went to his bench early, bringing on Rory Fallon for Smeltz to provide more air power, and giving young Louis Fenton a run for Tuiloma at the back.

Fenton proved his worth in the 71st minute with a magic goal line clearance after Miguel Layun left Moss stranded, but the Mexicans continued to control the game until the 80th minute.

Rafel Marquez handled the ball with Barbarouses hot on attack, and James stepped up to slot home the penalty.

New Zealand captain Tommy Smith reacts after the loss to Mexico. Source: AFP

Fallon brought the Kiwis to within a goal four minutes later, thumping home on the far post after a goalmouth scramble. But Pena, who had an outstanding game, was on hand to put the game out of reach.

Episode six of the Fox Football podcast is a belter. Ange Postecoglou joins the gang to reflect on his Socceroos debut and he is typically forthright as he talks Neill, Rogic, a new belief and more; The Daily Telegraph's Tom Smithies is on deck in the studio to preview the weekend's A-League action and Daniel Garb is on the line from London to talk World Cup qualifying, including the might of France and the irrepressible Cristiano Ronaldo.

Check it out now by subscribing to the Fox Football Podcast at the iTunes store, or for Android users, listen via the iPP Podcast Player app.

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Paper Talk: Hand up for Ballon d'Or

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PAPER Talk features virtuoso perfomances from Cristiano Ronaldo and Franck Ribery, Liverpool taking desperate measures for Luis Suarez, and the Kiwis' bad hair day.


For anyone who thought Lionel Messi was a walk up start for his fifth Ballon d'Or, think again.

Franck Ribery showed why he's the favourite in the eyes of many to win the award, dragging France by the collar out of an impossible position against Ukraine to qualify for the World Cup.

ut even that may have been topped by Cristiano Ronaldo's performance in Sweden, which will no doubt be looked back upon as one of his all-time greatest games.

Ronaldo scored a second leg hat-trick to single-handedly oust Zlatan Ibrahimovic's Sweden on a day where even a super Zlatan brace couldn't turn the tide.

Ronaldo's celebrations were vociferous but after the game he denied that he was thumbing his nose at Sepp Blatter.

"I don't have to respond to anyone, my answers are given on the pitch," he said.

Reports have claimed that the Ballon d'Or voting - which was due to end last week - has now been extended to the end of November, meaning Ronaldo's performance on Tuesday could help him to the world title.

But he insists that is not something he is thinking about, adding: "I do not live my life obsessed with titles and do not have to show anything to anyone, because I have shown my worth, I've done 40/50 goals every season and it is not within the reach of anyone. I know what I am."

But you have to wonder if the injured Lionel Messi was sitting in his lounge room watching the deeds of Ribery and Ronaldo and wondering whether his gammy hammy may cost him another award.


Liverpool owner John W Henry is offering to lay on his private jet to speed up Luis Suarez's return for the Merseyside derby.

Suarez is currently in Uruguay ahead of the second leg of his country's World Cup play-off against Jordan, which will kick-off at 11pm British time on Wednesday.

Liverpool face Everton at Goodison Park on Saturday lunchtime and in order to ensure Suarez is back in plenty of time, Henry, the club's principal owner, has made the significant gesture.

Not bad, considering transfer speculation continues to swirl around the SAS's headline act.


In England, it's never good to be beaten by Germany, the old enemy.

But Wednesday morning's (EDT) 1-0 defeat was a different kind of humiliation with one scribe summing it up like this: "Sadly for England there is little consolation in this defeat. They have been humbled again by their old rivals and failed to score a goal in 180 minutes at Wembley. They escaped the sort of embarrassment suffered in Bloemfontein (where they were hammered 4-1 in the 2010 World Cup) but were beaten by a team which would be flattered to be considered Germany's second string."

And the introspection continued, with former England stars Gary Neville and Danny Mills searching for reasons why England still appear a rung below world class.

"We have 26 per cent of English players in the Premier League (Germany has 48 per cent of German players) and we have to change that," Neville said.

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"Not just because of the English national team, but because it's right for the Premier League. If you said 'let's a have a 50/50 split', then that's right. 26 per cent is a nonsense!

"We don't want to be predictable. You see Andros Townsend, Wayne Rooney, Danny Welbeck, Daniel Sturridge. I believe we have talent - and there is more coming through."

Mills, a former defender who is on the FA's newly-assembled commission, believes a call to John Terry might be the best short-term fix.

But England coach Roy Hodgson denied that a return to the past would fix anything.

"If you look at what we've done in the qualifiers, Gary Cahill and Phil Jagielka played, and Chris Smalling did well. We knew Germany would be a major problem for us, given the big guys in their team, and we weren't at our tallest," Hodgson said.

"The major disappointment is twofold: we didn't show the quality I expected and having 150,000 people through to watch us and send them home disappointed.

"It's not nice to lose, especially a second game at home, so one can't be satisfied. But I'm not disappointed with the effort, work-rate and application."

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Greece got through their World Cup playoff tie with Romania relatively untroubled, eventually winning 4-2 on aggregate, but that's not to say they didn't have their moments of madness.

One in particular would have to be right up there as a nomination for own goal of the year.

With a 4-1 aggregate lead, the brain explosion came at an OK time, but it will still go down as an embarrassing moment for Orestis Karnezis, who left his goalkeeper stranded with a sensational strike from outside the box, which nestled in the top corner.

Watch it among the match highlights, here!

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Manchester City made 'a mistake' not signing Paul Pogba for free when they had the chance, so says their elite development manager Patrick Vieira.

Pogba left Manchester United on a Bosman free transfer under acrimonious circumstances in the summer of 2012, a move which prompted former United boss Sir Alex Ferguson to claim the player has 'no respect'.

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"I saw him play for Manchester United and to not have signed him when he left that club was a mistake because he is an extraordinary player," Vieira said.

"Many tell me that [he plays like I do]. I think he is more attacking than me and perhaps more technically skilled. He's amazing."


Crystal Palace's search for a new manager has become a long and drawn out affair, but it looks like the struggling club has just about settled on Tony Pulis as preferred choice.

After initially falling short of Pulis's wage demands, Palace look set to loosen the purse strings to ensure the capture of the Stoke chief.

The club have offered the manager a considerable January transfer budget and while the salary offer is still understood to be shy of Pulis' original GBP1.5million wage demands - the veteran boss will be handed a hefty bonus should he succeed in guiding Palace to Premier League survival.


All Whites coach Ricki Herbert will step down at the end of the team's 2014 World Cup campaign.

Staring down a 5-1 deficit after the first leg of their sudden death World Cup playoff with Mexico, New Zealand are hoping a Shane Smeltz haircut could be at the root of a miraculous turnaround.

Asked by journalists for a reason to believe all was not lost in the lead-up to Wednesday night's return leg, the Kiwis pointed to the return of Smeltz's blonde mohawk - a hairstyle he's worn through some of his goal scoring purple patches - as a sign it could rain goals in Wellington.

Clutching at straws it may be, but it's as good a reason as any for Mexico football icon Hugo Sanchez to re-think these comments, made after what some considered over-celebration from the Mexicans after the first leg - essentially at half-time.

"We beat a team that is no more than a group of buddies who were rejected because they couldn't play rugby in New Zealand well and they had no choice but to switch to soccer," Sanchez said.



Jan Vertonghen has again warned Andre Villas-Boas that he is not happy playing out of position and has urged the Tottenham manager to step up his search for a new left back.

Villas-Boas is competing with Manchester United for Real Madrid's Fabio Coentrao, and Vertonghen desperately hopes he succeeds after reluctantly filling in for the injured Danny Rose.

"We have had some injuries on the left of defence at Tottenham this season, and it has often been down to me to fill the gap," he said, ahead of Belgium's game with Japan.

"Tottenham pay my wages, so I have to accept it, but it doesn't suit me, and the club know how much I want to play centre-half.

"I think I have done enough to deserve a place there now, ideally for every game."

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Swansea City chairman Huw Jenkins is planning to make another attempt to sign Blackpool winger Tom Ince - but has ruled out a move for Manchester United's Wilfried Zaha.

Jenkins admitted in the summer that he was "staggered" by Blackpool's asking price for the 21-year-old, which was understood to be in the region of GBP 8 million.

But Jenkins confirmed to the Daily Mail that he is "likely" to resurrect formal talks with Blackpool over a move for Ince, who is out of contract in the summer.

"He is a very good young player and one we looked at in the summer," Jenkins said.

"I would say it is likely that we will be talking to Blackpool again. I know their chairman, Karl Oyston, and when the time is right we will make contact and see what can be done."

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Live blog: Socceroos v Costa Rica

Written By Unknown on Selasa, 19 November 2013 | 16.42

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THE ANGE Postecoglou era kicks off tonight when the Socceroos face Costa Rica in a friendly at Allianz Stadium.


With the World Cup just seven months away, it's a vital chance for the new coach to test out players and for them to stake their claims for a spot on the plane to Brazil.

Fox Sports is the only place to watch the game in LIVE and stunning High Definition, with kick-off at 7.30pm (EDT) on Fox Sports 3HD.

But for a more comprehensive experience, follow our live blog below.

We'll have all the build-up to the clash from 6:30pm (EDT), and carry through right until full-time with vide highlights, play-by-play updates and all the best social media reaction.

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Dogs prepared to gamble pick 4

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THE Western Bulldogs are prepared to gamble their prized No. 4 draft pick on raw midfielder Marcus Bontempelli.

The Herald Sun believes the Dogs have cooled on dual-premiership Norwood star James Aish, a slick outside midfielder widely considered a top-three lock all season.


The domino effect could see Aish fall to Gold Coast (pick 5) or Collingwood (6).

Fellow South Australian Matthew Scharenberg, who is nursing bone-stress reactions in both feet, is also in the mix for the Pies at No. 6 and Brisbane Lions (7).

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Bontempelli has polarised recruiters with some calling him the biggest boom or bust prospect in the first round.

His dynamic gamestyle has been likened to Collingwood champion Scott Pendlebury, with one recruiter rating the 194cm inside-outside midfielder the best player in the draft pool.

But the Herald Sun knows some clubs rank the cousin of North Melbourne's Nick Dal Santo as low as the 17th best player in the draft, given his inconsistencies this year.

The Dogs will finalise the call at a meeting this afternoon on the Gold Coast.

Marcus Bontempelli in one of his standout matches. Source: News Limited

Bontempelli averaged 14 disposals and 67 SuperCoach points for Vic Metro this year before storming into top-five calculations with a brilliant finish to the season.


Top pair and Metro teammates Tom Boyd and Josh Kelly, who are headed to the Giants, averaged 109 and 137 respectively.

Bontempelli has the versatility to play almost any position with his supreme cleanness and vision among his standout attributes.

In half of Bontempelli's Northern Knights games he collected at least 20 disposals and booted multiple goals.

But the Dogs swing away from the classy Aish comes as a surprise with some experts believing the SANFL gun would complement their growing band of inside midfielders.

The Herald Sun revealed on Saturday the Demons had flown Scharenberg to Melbourne and requested the AFL commission last-minute scans on his feet.

At least two clubs are believed to have since ruled out using their first pick on him.

"It's frustrating, but as long as it gets better, I suppose,'' the Brendon Goddard-type said at last month's draft combine.

"It started happening towards the end of nationals. It was a bit ongoing and then it got a bit worse, so it was a bit of an overuse injury which needed some rest to get it back to 100 per cent.''

But South Australian talent manager Brenton Phillips warned clubs would rue passing up Scharenberg.

"I wouldn't let Aish or Scharenberg get past (pick) three or four," Phillips said.

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NZ coach Herbert to stand down

New Zealand Manager Ricki Herbert is watching players of the New Zealand national soccer team excercise. AFP PHOTO/JOE KLAMAR Source: JOE KLAMAR / AFP

ALL Whites coach Ricki Herbert will step down at the end of the team's 2014 World Cup campaign.

New Zealand Football announced his decision to retire on the eve of the second leg of the intercontinental play-off against Mexico in Wellington on Wednesday.

After New Zealand were hammered 5-1 in the first leg last week, the chances of Herbert carrying on to the 2014 World Cup finals in Brazil appear remote.

Herbert, who earned 61 New Zealand caps as a player, has guided the All Whites in 66 internationals since taking charge eight years ago.

His tenure was highlighted by leading New Zealand to the 2010 World Cup finals in South Africa where they drew all their pool matches - against Slovakia, Italy and Paraguay.

New Zealand Football chairman Frank van Hattum said Herbert's contribution to the game in New Zealand has been immeasurable.

``Ricki assumed control of the All Whites at a point of instability for our men's national team,'' van Hattum said in a statement.

``From the moment he stepped into the coaching role he began building and shaping a team which became one of the best sides we've ever had at a time when competition, in what is a truly global sport, has never been tougher.''

Earlier on Tuesday, the long-serving coach refused to concede that this week could be his last game after eight years at the All Whites helm.

``We'll see, that certainly hasn't been agreed yet by any stretch,'' the former Wellington Phoenix coach said.

Herbert was relentlessly upbeat at Tuesday's pre-match press conference, despite coming under fire for the negative tactics which featured in last week's loss at Estadio Azteca.

The All Whites packed the defensive third, allowing the skilful Mexicans plenty of space and time on the ball, and only a late goal from substitute midfielder Chris James salvaged any Kiwi pride.

Quizzed about consequent changes in personnel and tactics for Wednesday's return match, a deadpan Herbert hinted at a surprise inclusion.

``I've probably spent the last few days preparing myself, putting my boots back on, so there'll be a small change - Herbert at centre half, alongside Tommy Smith,'' he said.

``I'm just not sure who'll be captain, me or him.''

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Toomua starting to read Quade

Written By Unknown on Senin, 18 November 2013 | 16.41

Toomua's presence at No.12 looks to have freed up Cooper. Source: PETER MUHLY / AFP

WALLABIES midfield hardman Matt Toomua says that a win by any margin will be good enough this week against the struggling Scots.

The Wallabies arrived in icy Edinburgh on Sunday full of confidence after their four-tries-to-nil hammering of Ireland, while that same afternoon the home side suffered a 28-0 humiliation at the hands of South Africa at Murrayfield.

But suggestions the Wallabies should romp home this Saturday were played down by Toomua, who cited the past two results against them, both one-point defeats.

"You still have to win, you underestimate sometimes how much just a win means," Toomua said.

"In 2011 with the Brumbies [after finishing 13th with just three wins], then in 2012 we went in at the start of the year and guys were saying 'You can't just buy wins'.

"Even when you win tight and you're not playing well, that creates a culture of finding a way to win.

"You see the All Blacks, they don't win 50-10 every game, they find a way to win. At the end of the day there's no bonus points up for grabs here, a win is most of the time good enough at this level.

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"We're not looking to win 19-17, we want to win by more, but at the same time I think you have to realise that a win is a win, it's international level."

And Toomua, who is developing a reputation as a hitman at inside centre on this tour after some thumping tackles, conceded the Wallabies must develop the art of winning against the tide.

"That's pretty fair, a lot of our games have been decided by the last 10 minutes, so that's something that you're going to have to develop," Toomua said.

"You can't be at your peak every game but if you can learn to win when things aren't stacked in your favour, that's an important psychological trait to have in the team.

"Having said that, we're not coming over to 'just win' but it's a very important thing to have. All the good teams find ways to win and it's something we have to develop."

Toomua's partnership with five-eighth Quade Cooper appears to be blossoming, with the team combining for 11 tries in the past two Tests and the backline seeing plenty of ball in space.

"Personally I'm starting to read when Quade likes to go to the line and when he likes to deliver," Toomua said.

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"That will help me, that will help Tevita [Kuridrani], it will help Izzy [Israel Folau], and you're seeing guys like Izzy more often than not break tackles, that's always helping guys around him when they're looking for offloads and stuff like that.

"It will come. We're definitely not there yet but it's exciting that we can put some points on now. We're definitely still growing."

Asked about his role in the team as not only a ball player but a hard-running enforcer, Toomua said: "If I'm going to be at No.12 I don't want to just be a ball-playing 12, or just a distributor, I want to provide another aspect to that.

"That physicality is something you need, at this level you can't just play side-to-side you have to have some vertical attack.

"We're getting that in patches at the moment, with Tevita there as well.

"I thought defensively I was okay in areas there. I was quite happy in certain parts, if I made a mistake in attack or somewhere I could try to fix it and not just make the tackle but make a statement in that area.

"I think that's important, because the balance you get having a ball-playing 12 is that you can quite often lose a lot of physicality, so it's something I can bring to the game, try to get the best of both worlds hopefully."

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Day: 'I just really feel for my mum'

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JASON Day was inconsolable over his family's agony as the Typhoon Haiyan tragedy hit home.

Day, in Victoria for the World Cup of Golf at Royal Melbourne, wept on Monday as he contemplated his mother's pain at the loss of his grandmother and at least seven other relatives in the Philippines killed in last week's super storm.

Day yesterday revealed his mum, Dening, had agonisingly learnt of the deaths of her mother, brother and six children as she deciphered a facebook page written from Manila as her family's desperate search for more survivors continues around the worst hit regions around Tacloban.

"My sister knew something was wrong when mum started crying while she was reading … it's just so hard comprehend," Day said.

"It's horrible. I just really feel for my mum, it's so hard not to be with her.

Dening Day, the mother of golfer Jason Day, has spoken of losing eight relatives including her mother in the Philippines typhon. Source: Supplied

"I just want to give her a hug and make sure she's OK. She's lost so much; the family has lost everything. It's really hard to put into words the loss you feel."

Dening emigrated to Australia more than 30 years ago, but had been planning a return visit later this year before the tragedy struck last week.

Day, who flew into Melbourne from his US home late last week, will have a teary reunion with his family when they fly from Brisbane to watch him play for Australia for the first time.

Day, who hadn't met his Philippines family face to face, said his mother had urged him to play on with Adam Scott for a cause that they both hold dearly.

"I get to spend my quality time with my mum … and as much as I'm really keen to do well for Australia at the World Cup, it's more about her this week," he said.

"She said she didn't want to bother me too much, but I just want to be there for her as much as I can.

Of these cousins of golfer Jason Day, five were killed in the Philippines typhon. Source: Supplied

"It's been real tough on my mum. There's no (direct) communications to our family up there (because) everything got wiped out.

"I'm usually so far away from home and you feel helpless, but I think it's really going to be good for us all to be together here in Melbourne so we can … do what families do."

The world golf community, through its Federation of Tours, intends to rally around the victims of the killer typhoon this week at Royal Melbourne, with fundraising initiatives at the club and on global television.

"We are looking into the best way that we can show support for those affected," US Tour executive Matt Kamienski said last night.

"With the ISPS HANDA World Cup of Golf standing as a global event and serving goodwill through the game, we certainly want to drive awareness to the relief efforts."

Jason Day's sister, Kim, with their grandmother (lola) Adelaida, who was killed in the Philippines typhon. Source: Supplied

PGA of Australia chief executive Brian Thorburn said he'd fielded "numerous enquiries" from players and others offering assistance.

"We'll be working with the Federation to do all we can to support the relief effort as well as Jason and his family," Thorburn said.

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Ban plays mind games on Bresh

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KEY Socceroo Mark Bresciano has been mentally drained by a four-month ban from FIFA which endangers his World Cup ambitions, coach Ange Postecoglou says.

Postecoglou says the full ramifications of Bresciano's ban remain unclear beyond Tuesday's friendly against Costa Rica in Sydney.

But he praised the pivotal midfielder for maintaining his training focus ahead of what could be his last match until April next year. "It has affected him in terms of his mind,'' Postecoglou said on Monday.

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"But it hasn't affected his training. He has been an absolute pro, so you wouldn't know with Marco.

"But obviously it's not a great situation for us and a decision has to be made as to the course forward because (next year) being a World Cup year, you don't need those kind of things as further complications.''

Bresciano was suspended by FIFA for four months and fined $1.9 million for an illegal transfer between clubs in the United Arab Emirates and Qatar.

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"From my perspective, the priority has been to see firstly if he's available for tomorrow night and we have got the all clear for that,'' Postecoglou said.

"And then, post this camp, is to really sit down and see what all the ramifications are and see how we can deal with it.''

The 33-year-old has been earmarked for a crucial creative midfield role in Postecoglou's campaign for the World Cup in Brazil starting next June.

Marco Bresciano at Socceroos training on Monday. Source: Getty Images

Bresciano joined Al Gharafa last August, transferring from Al Nasr in the United Arab Emirates.

But Al Nasr challenged the transfer and FIFA ruled the move broke the sport's laws.

FIFA have yet to publicly explain reasons for their ruling or specify when a suspension would start.

Postecoglou said it was premature to speculate on the World Cup implications for Bresciano if he served the suspension.

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Taggart, Jets rain on Roar's parade

Written By Unknown on Minggu, 17 November 2013 | 16.42

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AN Adam Taggart double has secured Newcastle a 2-1 win over a depleted Brisbane Roar at Hunter Stadium.

Aided by mistakes from Roar defenders Matt Smith and James Donachie, Taggart scored twice in the second half as the Jets fought back from a goal down to make it back-to-back wins.

But some gloss was taken off the victory in the dying stages when Jets defender Kew Jaliens was sent off for dissent.

Joshua Brillante (C) of the Jets controls the ball ahead of Roar defenders North and Smith. Source: Getty Images

The loss was Brisbane's second of the season, and they have also been knocked off the top of the ladder by Western Sydney Wanderers, who they host at Suncorp Stadium on Friday night.

The Roar will welcome back star striker Besart Berisha from injury and key pair Matt McKay and Ivan Franjic from Socceroos duty.

All three were missed, with Brisbane's midfield particularly suffering in the absence of McKay and Franjic.

However, as has been the case for most of the season, Brisbane were able to work their way into contest and had the better of the first half chances.

Attacking weapon Dimitri Petratos let fly with a long-distance effort that in the 27th minute that had Jets goalkeeper Mark Birighitti scrambling before sliding by the post.

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Midfielder Luke Brattan then had a goal-bound shot blocked by Newcastle defender Scott Neville.

But the Jets finally cracked six minutes before half-time after Birighitti failed to properly deal with a Thomas Broich corner.

The Jets gloveman punched the ball straight into the path of an unmarked Brattan, who unleashed with a shot that took a couple of deflections in the packed goalmouth on its way to the back of the net.

The break couldn't come quick enough for the hosts, who came out much sharper at the second half.

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The Jets were rewarded with an equaliser in the 51st minute when they were aided by some unusually sloppy play by Brisbane pair Brattan and Matt Smith.

Brattan gave up possession in the midfield, before skipper Smith, under pressure from Taggart, also lost the ball on the edge of his penalty area.

Taggart pounced, chipping Roar goalkeeper Michael Theo to score his second goal in two matches.

The Jets then blew a golden chance to grab the lead when they were awarded for a handball offence from former Newcastle skipper Jade North in the 64th minute.

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But Nathan Burns's spot kick hit the crossbar.

However, 10 minutes later the Jets were in front after an error from Roar defender James Donachie.

Under no pressure, Donachie passed the ball in the direction of Smith.

But he failed to allow for the heavy surface, with the ball getting stuck in a puddle.

Taggart pounced, getting the better of both Donachie and Smith before rifling the ball into the top corner.

It proved enough in the end for the Jets, who moved to nine points from six matches.

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Falcon fine-tuned

Draft hopeful Alex Hickey. Picture: Colleen Petch Source: Colleen Petch / News Limited

ALEX Hickey regularly catches teammates and coaches off guard-with his hearing loss.

Mostly, it's not until the 180cm backman asks a mate to hold on to his hearing aids for a moment that people even realise the extra hurdle he has jumped on his football journey.

Not that the 50 per cent hearing reduction in both ears has really hindered his AFL dream.

The Geelong Falcons co-captain and best-and-fairest winner is as tough and reliable as they come in the backline, moulding his cool-as-a-cucumber gamestyle on king Cat Corey Enright.

Taking his aids off for all matches and contact training, the part-time maths tutor and keen guitarist says he is almost unaffected by his hearing issue in-play - or in more broad terms - in any aspect of life.


"I can hear most things, and certainly everything in-close," Hickey said.

"I don't miss (teammate) Jimmy Tsitas screaming for the ball, for instance.

"It's more so spectators yelling out from a distance or coaches yelling from the bench.

"If that ever happens, which is quite rare, the runner will come directly to me or my teammates will say 'hey Al, someone wants your attention'.

Alex Hickey is a draft hpeful. Picture: Colleen Petch. Source: News Limited

"So the things I don't hear are probably the unimportant things."

At one of the most successful AFL pathway clubs in the country, Hickey's selfless attitudes and character values are rated as highly as any player to come through the Falcons system, according to regional manager Michael Turner.


While he loves football, the game he has played since he began kicking the Sherrin in the street with his father, the 18-year-old is not obsessed by the prospect of an AFL career.

"It's really important to have things other than footy in your life," he said.

"Having finished VCE, I've watched some kids put all their eggs in the footy basket and when it doesn't work out for them, there is a lot of disappointment."

What motivates Hickey, above all else, is helping others.

Whether it's blocking for a teammate on the goal line, or guiding a VCE student through another complex maths equation, he gets his kicks seeing others succeed.

"I really enjoy watching people improve, that's probably the one thing (which drives him)," he said.

"The maths and stuff I don't really enjoy too much, but I really enjoy seeing people grow and gain more confidence and that's what keeps me going (as a tutor)."

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Chooks start pre-season minus SKD

Roosters Shaun Kenny-Dowall celebrates victory after the Sydney Roosters v Manly Sea Eagles NRL Grand Final at ANZ Stadium, Sydney. Pic Brett Costello Source: Brett Costello / News Limited

SYDNEY Roosters grand final hero Shaun Kenny-Dowall will not resume full training with the NRL premiers when they start pre-season training on Monday.

The Roosters return to the training field 43 days after their 26-18 win over Manly in the premiership decider with Kenny-Dowall still sidelined after suffering a broken jaw early in the game.

The 25-year-old centre drew comparisons with South Sydney great John Sattler for playing a large part of the game with the injury which was operated on two days after the grand final.

Kenny-Dowall produced one of the finest games of his career despite the injury and scored a converted try in the 60th minute that allowed the Roosters to go ahead for the first time in the game.

According to the Roosters, Kenny-Dowall's recovery has gone better than expected but he will still not be ready to resume full contact training until the new year.

Roosters Shaun Kenny-Dowall celebrates victory with Roosters Mitchell Pearce and Brad Fittler after the Sydney Roosters v Manly Sea Eagles NRL Grand Final at ANZ Stadium, Sydney. Pic Brett Costello Source: News Limited

``SKD will return on a lighter load than the rest of the returning NRL squad and not engage in any contact drills until the new year, but has progressed better than first thought since breaking his jaw,'' read a statement on the Roosters website.

The former Kiwi representative will join 16 of his teammates who are away on World Cup duty, as absentees from the Roosters' first day back.

With the Roosters set to begin their bid to become the first side to secure back-to-back premierships against arch-rivals the Rabbitohs on March 6, after their World Club Challenge clash with Wigan at Allianz Stadium on February 22, incredibly premiership captain Anthony Minichiello remains unsigned.

As does forward Luke O'Donnell, another key member of their grand final winning team.

However the Roosters say they are confident of signing both players for the 2014 season.

The Roosters' grand final opponents also begin pre-season training on Monday with unsigned winger David Williams likely to attend after going AWOL following the Sea Eagles' defeat in the decider.

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