Farrell: Deciding Test will top the lot

first_img Farrell has no doubt the Lions will regroup ahead of the Sydney showdown. And they are also optimistic that centre Jamie Roberts and prop Alex Corbisiero will return to full training on Wednesday, putting them in contention for next weekend. Wales international Roberts has yet to play in the Test series because of a hamstring problem, while England prop Corbisiero suffered a calf injury in the series opener at Suncorp Stadium. “There are a few boys training tomorrow and they will go hard. The rest of the squad have a couple of days off and we’ll train on Wednesday and Thursday,” Farrell said. “People like Alex Corbisiero and Jamie Roberts will go hard tomorrow and hopefully be right for full training on Wednesday.” Farrell has dismissed any prospect of the Lions being fatigued as they approach the end of a 10-match tour that started in Hong Kong four weeks ago. “Fatigue doesn’t come into it with the enormity of the task ahead and what is at stake,” he said. “If you ask the players, they would play the game again tomorrow. They want to get straight back on the horse and get back at it. That’s what big-game players want to do – get back at it straightaway. The disappointment is that we have to wait five or six days to put it right. “We have always said that we’ve got a good squad and we believe in everyone within the squad. We will back everyone to the hilt and that is what we’ve done throughout this campaign. Whoever gets selected for this last game in Sydney, big-game players normally produce when it counts, and it counts no more than next weekend.” Andy Farrell has billed next Saturday’s Test series decider between the British and Irish Lions and Australia as “the biggest game of our lives”. The Lions have migrated north to Noosa for a few days’ rest and recuperation following their defeat in Melbourne. There is also an injury cloud hovering over their captain Sam Warburton, who will arrive on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast on Monday after remaining in Melbourne overnight for a scan. Farrell said: “We all realise it (next Saturday) is the biggest game of our lives and we’ll see what comes of it. I wouldn’t say Australia are in the driving seat. I would say they’re very pleased – it was a do or die situation for them, and they rose to the challenge.” center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

CDB provides relief for Hurricane Irma ravaged islands

first_imgThe Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) has announced support for its Borrowing Member Countries (BMCs) affected by Hurricane Irma and for the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA), which is coordinating the region’s response to the affected states.The CDB will provide Emergency Relief Grants of $200,000 each to Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, The Bahamas, the British Virgin Islands and the Turks and Caicos Islands. The funds are to assist with costs associated with damage assessments and the provision and transportation of emergency relief supplies, water and sanitation resources, roofing materials for emergency shelters and community buildings, and temporary shelter for displaced residents. Immediate response loans to be provided alsoIn addition, CDB has offered Immediate Response Loans of up to US$750,000 to the affected countries. The loans, available on highly concessionary terms, are designed to support the clearing and cleaning of areas damaged by Hurricane Irma and the emergency restoration of services.As the region anticipated the arrival of Hurricane Irma, the CDB had also approved a fast-tracked grant of US$150,000 to CDEMA to assist with preparations for mobilizing and coordinating disaster relief.CDB president Dr. Warren Smith noted the Bank’s commitment to providing assistance following the passage of Irma.“We reaffirm our support for our BMCs affected by this devastating hurricane. We very much regret the loss of life and infrastructure, and pledge to help the Governments and people of the impacted countries recover and rebuild in any way we possibly can,” he said.last_img read more

OFFICIAL: Accra Hearts Of Oak Squad For Confederations Cup

first_imgAccra Hearts of Oak have released the list of players who will be playing  for the Club in next year’s CAF Confederations Cup.The list, comprises of three goalkeepers, eight defenders, eight midfielders and seven strikers were all named on Monday afternoon after several hours of brainstorming by the technical team, who handed the list to Management to be forwarded to the Ghana Football Association(GFA).Accra Hearts of Oak will represent Ghana in the CAF Confederation Cup competition next year as they take on AS Police of Benin.The Phobians, previous winners of the competition, will play as hosts in the first leg of the fixture before going away to face their opponents in Benin.The match is scheduled to be played on the weekend of February 13-15 with the second leg scheduled to be played two weeks after.Mutawakilu Seidu Soulama AbdoulayeTetteh LuggardJoseph Owusu BempahIsaac OduroVincent Atinga Robin GnagneAbraziz AbankwahKweku AndohAbdul Mohammed FatawuShaun Mason October Richard YamoahLeonard TawiahIssah MumuniKofi AbangaEmmanuel Hayford Eric KumiPaul AcquahIsaac MensahThomas AbbeyKomi Aguidi Foovi Kwame KizitoKenneth OkoroHamza MohammedGilbert FiamenyoSelasie Adjeilast_img read more