Richie McCaw knee on Morgan Parra, Donald kick, Rougerie eye-gouge, and more

first_imgTuesday Oct 25, 2011 Richie McCaw knee on Morgan Parra, Donald kick, Rougerie eye-gouge, and more In the aftermath of the All Blacks victory over France in the Rugby World Cup final there have been many different theories and allegations, some within reason, others perhaps not. Today we attempt to provide more clarity on all the incidents. One thing that’s clear is that everyone has an opinion. If you’re French, you’re more than likely going to be quite vocal at this time, but that’s understandable – your team lost and you’re unhappy. We sympathise with you. Everyone goes through it from time to time. Just ask Wales. For the neutrals, some of what has gone on has left this RWC with quite a quite sour aftertaste. The tournament that has been litterered with controversy, and be handled badly at times. Here’s a look at three of the incidents from the final though, and a few thoughts on each. The Stephen Donald penalty kick There have been numerous site comments, emails, tweets, etc all saying that this penalty kick from Stephen Donald actually missed. It didn’t. Having studied it in good quality, slowed it down, and having used a bit of common sense, you can clearly see that the camera is moving from left to right, creating an illusion of it having slipped wide and to the right of the post.The ball ends up on that side because he’s kicked it in the form of an in-ducker, which is basically when the ball goes from left to right from a right-footed kicker after he’s stabbed at it. It’s almost like a slice, or the same direction you’d expect a slice to go anyway.That’s certainly not conclusive proof, but just look at the reactions of the touch judges (flags up straight away), the crowd, the French players, and Donald himself. It might have looked like it missed when watching on tv, but there’s no conspiracy here. Hopefully we can put this one to rest. The Richie McCaw knee on Morgan ParraEarly on in the game French number ten Parra took a bad knock to the head from All Blacks skipper Richie McCaw as he attempted to clear out Thierry Dusautoir. Parra had to leave the field. He returned but didn’t last long, and left again. You can see in the above picture that the knock was a fairly hefty one, and the video replay showed that McCaw’s knee (and hand, depending on how you want to view it) made contact with his cheek. It’s also possible that part of the knock came from the initial burst by Ma’a Nonu. Was there anything intentional there from McCaw? This is another one for you to decide on, depending which side of the fence you sit. As a neutral, you would think no, it was not intentional. While the super-slowmo shows us a knee hitting a face, every other angle indicates that he was doing what every loose forward does in every game of rugby on the planet – attempting to clear out a player and compete for the ball. If anything it was clumsy, as his eyes were on Dusautoir the whole time, but perhaps at a stretch one could say that he could have been more aware of Parra on the floor. Aurelien Rougerie eye-gouge on Richie McCawDuring the game it was clear to see that something had happened to McCaw on the floor. His reaction to the ref, and the redness in the eye, and eye area, showed that something must have taken place. TV show Reunion in New Zealand have now released a video of it, following strong allegations by commentator Keith Quinn.“It was clearly seen on TV,” said Quinn. “McCaw needed attention from medical staff.”A source within the New Zealand camp confirmed it, but the video wasn’t clear, which is why Reunion have released the below footage. You can decide for yourself what takes place. The citing period for the match has passed, so it’s possible that Rougerie may not face any punishment. The IRB usually take quite a strong standpoint on such offences though, so we’ll need to wait and see what happens. McCaw himself hasn’t complained formerly, but did say that he felt something around his eye but didn’t know what it was. He also said he wasn’t sure if it was intentional or not. Other controversiesThe refereeing of Craig Joubert had been praised for most of the tournament, but in the final game the 50/50 calls seemed to go New Zealand’s way, particularly in the first half. Was there an agenda? One would like to think not, but stranger things have happened at this tournament. There is a video doing the rounds that includes two pundits from an Ireland television station analysing the breakdown. You can view that here and make your own mind up. One thing is certain, Joubert is not a popular man in France right now. Haka fine for FranceAs you will have heard by now, France have reportedly been fined for part of their response to the Haka just before kick off. The fine, reportedly amounting to £2500, is not actually for responding, but is specifically because they crossed the halfway line, which is against the regulations and agreements in place for ‘cultural challenges.’This crazy thing is that technically some of the New Zealand players also crossed their ‘border’, as you can see at the end of the France challenge the Haka video that was posted here earlier in the week. We are however yet to see official written confirmation of the fine. ImpartialityLastly, accusations of bias and a lack of impartiality on Rugbydump are completely unfounded, and to be totally honest, fairly narrow minded and insulting. If you’ve visited the site for the past five years you will know the site’s intentions. Nothing has suddenly changed, and why would it? Please take a moment to think things through before posting unwarranted abuse. Here’s looking forward to the rest of the season. Cheers. Follow RD on Facebook and Twitter to keep up to date with latest news, clips, and moreADVERTISEMENT Posted By: rugbydump Share Send Thanks Sorry there has been an error Rugby World Cup Related Articles 25 WEEKS AGO If you can get your head around it, these… 47 WEEKS AGO You’ve never seen any Rugby World Cup drop… 49 WEEKS AGO TOP 10: Rugby World Cup 2015 was filled with… From the WebThis Video Will Soon Be Banned. Watch Before It’s DeletedSecrets RevealedDoctors Stunned: This Removes Wrinkles Like Crazy! (Try Tonight)Smart Life ReportsIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier Living30+ Everyday Items with a Secret Hidden PurposeNueeyShe Was the Most Beautiful Girl in the World. 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Stranded foreigners in Boracay board sweeper flight to Manila

first_imgKALIBO, Aklan – Some stranded tourists in the world-famous BoracayIsland in Malay, Aklan were able to return home after few weeks of travelrestrictions under enhanced community quarantine imposed in this province in abid to curb the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019. Last March 31, some 129 Russians who were stranded in Boracay Islandwere repatriated to Vladivostok, Russia from the Kalibo International Airportwith the help of the Department of Foreign Affairs and the Civil Aviation Authorityof the Philippines.(With a report fromAkean Forum/PN) Different embassies are working tirelessly with the Philippinegovernment to arrange special and humanitarian flights for their strandedcompatriots in going back to their respective countries. Meanwhile, Malay Municipal chief operations officer Felix Delos Santossaid there are still foreign nationals in Boracay Island who are waiting fortheir repatriation flights. Majority of them were Australians who are bound to return to Australiancities Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane.center_img The travellers will be required to undergo a 14-day mandatory homequarantine at designated facilities in their respective countries upon arrival. On April 18, 31 tourists from Australia, Austria, Canada, Netherlands,South Korea, Spain, and the United States were given the green light to board asweeper flight to Manila. These Australian tourists stranded in Boracay Island in Malay, Aklan due to the coronavirus disease 2019 outbreak board a sweeper flight to Manila on April 18. Malay Municipal chief operations officer Felix Delos Santos said there are still foreigners in Boracay who are waiting to be repatriated to their respective countries. AUSTRALIA IN THE PHILIPPINESlast_img read more

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Quadri: I’m Not Under Pressure to Perform in Germany

first_imgITTF WORLD CUPNigeria’s Aruna Quadri believes his world rating would not put him under intense pressure to excel at the 2016 ITTF World Cup slated to hold in Saarbrucken, Germany.Quadri’s performance at the 2014 edition of the championship remains the best by an African when the Nigeria got to the quarterfinal stage. The Oyo State-born player will be making his third appearance at the tournament as the continent’s flagbearer. “I am not under any kind of pressure to play in Germany again because I am now getting used to playing under pressure and as a matter of fact I am going to Germany to enjoy myself without any kind of pressure.“Statistics showed that I am not one of the favourites for the podium finish but similarly I am not really going to be playing without confidence as I always believe strongly in my capability.“I am praying for a favourable draw that will favour me and if God answers my prayer to be on a good side of the draw, I believe that surprising the world more than I have done in the past is possible,” he said.Quadri’s debut at the tournament was in 2009 and he is expected to compete against top 19 players across the globe including world’s number two and three, China’s Xu Xin and Fan Zhendong as well as Germany’s Dimitrij Ovtcharov, who is the current European champion ranked sixth in the world.Seventh- time Olympian, Segun Toriola is expected to guide Quadri during the tournament and the President of Nigeria Table Tennis Federation (NTTF), Wahid Oshodi believes Toriola’s experience would be helpful for Quadri in Germany.“This is a really serious test. Nearly all the top 10 players will be there. Germany has always been a good place for Aruna. He has a large fan base there and his attacking style is so popular with the crowd.“If he remains calm and focused like he was in the Olympics then he should go far in the competition. I am always quietly confident but unlike past years his success so far has ensured that he holds no surprises for the top players. He is a top world-class player now and if his forehand is firing then he will be a handful for anybody.With Toriola’s experience to guide him and a bit of luck on his side he can go very far,” the NTTF boss enthused.The draw for the tournament holds on Friday September 30 at Saarland Hall while the group matches will start on Saturday October 1.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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