Heaslip sad to pass Wallace

first_img Number eight Heaslip will captain Ireland in their opening World Cup warm-up clash against Wales at the Millennium Stadium. The Leinster loose-forward will win his 73rd cap, moving past his former Test team-mate Wallace’s mark, as head coach Joe Schmidt seeks a strong start to four World Cup preparation fixtures. Heaslip hailed former Munster flanker Wallace as one of his finest back-row opponents and team-mates. “In a weird way I was a little bit gutted to be honest,” said Heaslip of learning he would move past Wallace’s record. “I was a little bit sad, because I hold Wally with particularly high regard, as a player and as a bloke, but as a back-row guy as well. “I was a bit sad to be honest, that I passed one of my idols, and especially in the last World Cup he was one of the guys that I unfortunately saw him play his last international. Yeah, I was pretty sad to be honest. “It’s cool obviously, on one side, but I think Wally was probably one of the best, if not the best, back-row player I’ve ever played with or against, and probably the best who played for Ireland.” Wallace won 72 Ireland caps between 2001 and 2011, and featured on the 2001 and 2009 British and Irish Lions tours. Heaslip branded Wallace all but the complete back-row forward ahead of facing Wales on Saturday. “He was just awesome, absolutely – ball carrying, defence, work-rate, knowledge, the full package really,” said Heaslip. “Bar his line-out ability. Maybe I can take him on that! But otherwise it was a bit bitter sweet hearing that, to be honest.” Jamie Heaslip admits he will be “gutted” to eclipse David Wallace’s record as Ireland’s most-capped back-row forward in Cardiff on Saturday. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Richards supports professional WICB

first_imgWEST Indies batting legend Vivian Richards has thrown his support behind the concept of a fully professional West Indies Cricket Board (WICB).At current the board consists of six territorial cricket associations each providing two directors, in addition to a number of non-member directors. The officials are elected for the post.The board has, however, often been accused of unprofessionalism and cronyism’ with most recent criticism calling for an audit. Richards believes a professional set-up with compensated individuals would to an extent alleviate a few of the current issues.“The whole circuit itself has become professional and if you are going to have guys making decisions where individuals are paid professionally and paid handsomely in order to make some of these decisions, because some of these guys have their fulltime jobs, I see no problem with [them] getting a suitable enough stipend,” Richards said.“It’s about the people who would have made certain decisions in the past and who would have put us in certain positions and embarrassed us in positions, to be accountable,” he said.“Some of the stuff you would have had to correct, some of the wrongs and some have gone totally ignored.”(Sportsmax.com)last_img read more

Wimbledon 2019: Serena Williams survives scare as Meghan Markle roots her on

first_imgFIRST SERVE PERCENTAGEWilliams – 54Juvan – 65PERCENTAGE OF POINTS WON ON FIRST/SECOND SERVEWilliams – 77/52Juvan – 60/55TOTAL POINTSWilliams – 81Juvan – 73 Williams was far from her best against Juvan, an 18-year-old Slovenian, but showed fighting spirit to book a place in Round 3 after dropping the opening set.Juvan, a girls’ doubles champion two years ago at the All England Club, won through three qualifying rounds to make the main draw for the first time, and beat Kristyna Pliskova in her opener. Related News Serena Williams was given a right royal Wimbledon scare before battling past teenager Kaja Juvan.Watched by her friend Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex, Williams scraped through, 2-6, 6-2, 6-4, Thursday on No. 1 Court. Wimbledon 2019: Defending champ Angelique Kerber stunned by American Lauren Daviscenter_img Wimbledon 2019: Brit dumps mixed doubles partner — via text — for Coco Gauff A performance fit for Royalty…#Wimbledon | @serenawilliams pic.twitter.com/Wc3PvKl2bl— Wimbledon (@Wimbledon) July 4, 2019Williams, jolted by her slow start, looked down at the court frequently, perhaps concerned by how the grass has already begun to look heavily worn by Day 4 of the championships.But once she moved up a gear, there was little doubting the outcome, Williams relieved in the end to come through.”I thought she played well,” Williams said of Juvan. “She returned well. I wasn’t hitting any big serves.”I couldn’t even ace her during the match because she was really reading the returns. She played well and I started out a little slow.”Her 105th match at #Wimbledon is a winning [email protected] is pushed all the way by 18-year-old Youth Olympics gold medallist Kaja Juvan to advance to the third round pic.twitter.com/qi8xr6PyLv— Wimbledon (@Wimbledon) July 4, 2019With pressure mounting, Williams was relieved to go through the gears.”It brings the best out of me — I like the pressure,” she told BBC Sport. “I play my best when I’m down sometimes, so I’m just a fighter and I never give up.”Asked about her mixed doubles partnership with Andy Murray, Williams added: “I’m excited to play with a British icon like Andy. It’s going to be incredibly amazing.”Honestly, I feel really honored to share a court with him. Maybe I could learn a thing or two — I’m always open.”STATISTICAL BREAKDOWNSerena Williams [11] bt Kaja Juvan 2-6 6-2 6-4WINNERS/UNFORCED ERRORSWilliams – 25/26Juvan – 12/23ACES/DOUBLE FAULTSWilliams – 6/5Juvan – 4/3BREAK POINTS WONWilliams – 4/10Juvan – 3/3last_img read more