SA rugby prospects: All you need to know

first_img‘ The Boks line up for the anthem in Mendoza SA rugby prospects: All you need to know 熱門話題對肚腩脂肪感到後悔!試了在萬寧賣的這個後…熱門話題|SponsoredSponsoredUndo Posted in Columns, Dylan Jack, Rugby Championship, Springboks, Super Rugby, Top headlines ‘ ‘ AlphaCuteOprah’s New House Cost $90 Million, And This Is What It Looks LikeAlphaCute|SponsoredSponsoredUndoWorld Cup-winning Bok quartet in Eddie Jones’ all-time XVSA Rugby MagUndoWatch: Kolbe makes Test players look amateur – Ugo MonyeSA Rugby MagUndoLoans | Search AdsGetting a loan in Hong Kong may be easier than you thinkLoans | Search Ads|SponsoredSponsoredUndo From the magazine: Jano Vermaak names his Perfect XVFormer Springbok, Bulls, Lions and Stormers scrumhalf Jano Vermaak names a team of the best he played alongside and against.SA Rugby MagUndoLife Exact BrazilGrace Jones Is Now 72 Years Old, This Is Her NowLife Exact Brazil|SponsoredSponsoredUndoCNAHow is life for Cambodian boy linguist after viral fame?CNA|SponsoredSponsoredUndo熱門話題不要被酵素騙了!在萬寧賣的「這個」直接針對脂肪…熱門話題|SponsoredSponsoredUndoGoGoPeak10 Most Beautiful Cities You Should Visit Once In Your LifetimeGoGoPeak|SponsoredSponsoredUndoBuzzAura16 Cancer Causing Foods You Probably Eat Every DayBuzzAura|SponsoredSponsoredUndo Five one-cap Boks that could still represent South AfricaSA Rugby MagUndo ‘center_img The Family Breeze餐桌上嘅敵人: 十五種最致命嘅食物The Family Breeze|SponsoredSponsoredUndo Shop Bras Online | Search AdsBrilliant Bra and Panty Sets (take a look)Shop Bras Online | Search Ads|SponsoredSponsoredUndo With various permutations to consider and competitions undergoing review, we wrap up the latest ‘need-to-know’ information about the Boks’ prospects and future plans for SA Rugby.As the Covid-19 pandemic and resulting travel restrictions have shaken up the rugby calendar, there is plenty of confusion over South Africa’s future in Vodacom Super Rugby and the immediate road forward for SA Rugby.This is mostly after New Zealand Rugby outlined plans to enter its five Super Rugby sides into a new competition from 2021, which is set to exclude any South African sides and not involve Argentina’s Jaguares, which has seemingly thrown the Sanzaar alliance into doubt.However, as SA Rugby chief executive Jurie Roux explained, Super Rugby is by no means dead and the Sanzaar alliance is very much intact.Below we attempt to provide some clarity into what the immediate future is for South African rugby and its prospects for 2021.RETURN TO PLAYThe immediate concern for Springbok coach Jacques Nienaber and SA Rugby director of rugby Rassie Erasmus will be ensuring a smooth return to play for South African players.The Springboks are set to play in a bio-bubble Rugby Championship in New Zealand in November. Before that, a competitive domestic competition with the South African Super Rugby and PRO14 franchises is planned for either the last weekend of August or first or second weekend of September.Nienaber explained that there are three phases that Springbok players will have to go through if they hope to be competitive in the Rugby Championship – given that Australia and New Zealand are both at least a month into their own respective domestic tournaments.Phase one involves the return-to-play aspect. The very first focus will be on getting the players back on to the field in training and ensuring they are properly conditioned to lower the risk of any long-term injuries in a domestic tournament.‘We are back in training in small groups this week and this is planned for three weeks and if we get permission and government is happy, we will move to contact training for at least a month. We will submit that request to government and if they are happy, then we will carry on,’ Nienaber said. ‘That’s for the next seven weeks, and that is going to be critical, to get players accustomed to exercise. You know, our players have not had access to gyms etc. That is phase one.’PHASE TWO: DOMESTIC TOURNAMENTPhase two involves the actual domestic tournament in South Africa. Nienaber says the tournament needs to ensure that each team plays at least six matches in order for the players to get properly match ready.‘We then want players to play at least six matches – in whatever competition there is. This is the first block. Get them on the field, get them accustomed to rugby training and then to rugby for a month, and then six matches.’Part of phase two also involves the logistics of getting players to New Zealand for the Rugby Championship. The Springboks will have to go into an isolation period after arriving in New Zealand and will have to structure their training periods around that. That will all depend on what the situation in New Zealand is with regard to the pandemic and their government’s regulations around it.PHASE THREE: OVERSEAS-BASED PLAYERSPhase three involves getting European-based Springboks released from their respective clubs for the Rugby Championship.Premiership Rugby had voiced its frustrations last week at World Rugby’s recommendation to stage the Rugby Championship between 7 November and 12 December and to push the Test window further into December to accommodate the backlog of internationals because of the Covid-19 restrictions.Because the 2020-21 Premiership season is set to begin on 20 November, English clubs would therefore be without their southern-hemisphere players for one week of Premiership fixtures and the opening weekend of the European Champions Cup.However, it appears that the Premiership have decided against opposing the new proposed calendar, but insist they will block any move to make it a permanent change.2020 RUGBY CHAMPIONSHIPAs previously stated, the Rugby Championship is scheduled for November and at this stage, plans are for it to be hosted in a bio-bubble in New Zealand.However, Nienaber has hinted that if there is not enough time to prepare for the Championship, the Springboks may not take part in the tournament.‘We can’t just let the Springboks and the country down – get there underprepared and then lose 57-0 again. That’s also not fair of us. You have a responsibility to your country, to the brand, to the Boks and the players, to make sure we don’t expose them to Test rugby if they are not ready.‘If we can’t play six matches then I don’t think we will go. It’s just too great a burden on the players. On my side – on the field – that would be a bridge too far.’2021 Super Rugby: What are SA Rugby’s options?As both New Zealand and Australia are planning their own domestic tournaments, South Africa has every right to do the same.The Pumas, Griquas, Cheetahs and Kings could even be included if, by that stage, the latter teams still aren’t able to travel internationally for the PRO14.New Zealand’s government has indicated that its borders may only open in May 2021, making Super Rugby in its current format impossible. However, depending on the situation, a crossover tournament may follow. It is all very up in the air at this stage.PRO16: What about the Cheetahs and Kings?South Africa has also been linked with a move north into an expanded PRO14. Reports indicate that as the competition can only expand to 16 teams, the four Super Rugby franchises would join and the Cheetahs and Kings would therefore be left out.However, Roux said that the Cheetahs and Kings will very much be in charge of their own destinies and will have a say in staying in the PRO14.‘Once we’ve actually negotiated on how that will work, only then decisions will follow on who participates where and in what format.‘Constitutionally that is the decision of the general council. The executive cannot unilaterally make a decision on the participation of the Cheetahs, the Kings, the Bulls, the Lions, the Sharks and the Stormers. That is by constitution a decision that the general council must make.‘The Free State will have a very big say in who plays internationally, so will the Kings, and so will the other twelve teams that are part of the general council.’What about the Sanzaar alliance?As both Roux and Sanzaar chief executive Andy Marinos have reaffirmed, the Sanzaar joint venture is still very much intact at this point.‘In terms of Sanzaar’s joint venture agreement, there is a very legal agreement in place and you have to act within it,’ Roux said. ‘If you are in breach of that joint venture agreement, you make yourself liable for legal action from the other parties.’Marinos has outlined South Africa’s importance to Sanzaar in terms of viewership and competitiveness.‘South Africa have always and continue to be the biggest contributor in terms of eyeballs and viewership and attendances to the Super Rugby and Rugby Championship games. They have been a very powerful partner at the table, not only from a value point of view but also from a competitiveness point of view.‘If you speak to anybody that has any knowledge of rugby from Australia or  New Zealand, having the Springboks coming over to play is critically important to the development of their players. There is a long history – more so with New Zealand than Australia – between the two countries.’Photo: Daniel-Jayo/Getty-Images ‘ ‘ Published on July 29, 2020 Post by Dylan Jack  439  67last_img read more

NEWS SCAN: ECDC EV-71 analysis, funding for Nigeria’s fight against polio, poultry vaccine virus recombination

first_imgJul 13, 2012ECDC weighs in on Cambodian EV-71 infectionsThe recent spate of enterovirus 71 (EV-71) infections in Cambodia might represent the severe part of a wider epidemic of hand, foot, and mouth disease (HFMD) in that area, the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) said today in an epidemiological update. Evidence suggests that the incidence of HFMD and severe EV-71 infections in children have increased in parts of Asia over the past decade. The large size of some of the Asian outbreaks and the elevated risk of neuroinvasive infections with respiratory complications in children make HFMD and EV-71 a major public health worry in affected countries. However, the ECDC said it’s not clear why epidemics in Cambodia are just surfacing now, given that HFMD epidemics are ongoing in neighboring Vietnam. The reasons for the scale and severity of EV-71 infections in East and Southeast Asia compared with other parts of the world are unclear, though some experts have suggested that virologic, host, social, and environmental factors could play a role. The ECDC said it isn’t aware of any travel-related HFMD or EV-71 infections in Europe, and while the outbreaks in Cambodia appear to increase the geographic distribution of the disease, the events are unlikely to increase the overall risks to visitors. The outbreaks raise important research questions, such as what determines if an EV-71 infection will be asymptomatic or severe. It added that although young age is an important risk factor, it doesn’t explain the spread of large outbreaks in Asia. It’s unclear if the Asian EV-71 genotypes could cause large outbreaks in Europe, but countries need the capacity to diagnose human enterovirus infections and genotype EV-71 subgroups, the ECDC said.Jul 13 ECDC statementWorld Bank aids ‘final’ push toward polio eradication in NigeriaNigeria has received a $95 million commitment from the World Bank board to continue its ongoing drive toward eradicating polio there, according to a press release yesterday. Nigeria is 1 of 3 countries where polio has not been eradicated, with Afghanistan and Pakistan also still seeing cases. The funding will provide for about 655 million doses of oral polio vaccine for Nigerian children under the age of 5, particularly in the northern states where the disease is more prevalent. The goal of the eradication effort, called the Nigeria Polio Eradication Support Project, is to achieve and sustain 80% polio immunization across all Nigerian states. The monies will come as a “credit” (ie, a loan), through the World Bank’s International Development Association, established in 1960 to help the world’s poorest countries with projects and programs aimed at improving economic growth, reducing poverty, and improving poor people’s lives. The loan will be repaid through the Gates Foundation, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and Rotary International via the United Nations Foundation when pre–agreed upon results are attained. Dr. Mohamed Pate, an official in Nigeria’s polio program, said, “We have beaten back the disease to a large extent already, and with the support of our partners, we are gearing up to make the last big push.”Jul 12 World Bank press releaseScientists trace novel poultry virus to vaccine virus recombinationAustralian researchers today described how use of multiple attenuated herpesvirus vaccines in poultry led to the rapid emergence of two recombinant viruses more virulent than the viruses the vaccines were designed to battle. The group described its findings in a brief report in the latest issue of Science. In 2008 soon after a new vaccine against herpesvirus infectious laryngotracheitis virus (ILTV) in chickens was introduced in Australia, scientists detected novel genotypically distinct viruses from birds in several parts of the country. ILTV, also known as gallid herpesvirus 1, is one of the most contagious viruses that affects the poultry industry. The authors hypothesized that the emergence of the new viruses could be related to a European vaccine strain first used in Australia in 2006. When they compared genetic sequences of the novel strains with the European vaccine strain and with two closely related Australian-origin ILTV vaccines that are also used in the country’s poultry, they found that the novel viruses were mostly related to the European vaccine strain, though they also contained genetic material from the two Australian vaccine strains. Pathogenicity tests on the novel viruses found that they were more virulent and more able to replicate than the parent viruses. The researchers concluded that the recombination between attenuated herpesviruses is rare but can have serious consequences. They added that the findings have implications for other attenuated viruses.Jul 13 Science abstractIn a Discover magazine blog post on the study above by Ed Yong yesterday, researchers said the problems aren’t likely to translate to human vaccines. Joanne Devlin, PhD, a professor of veterinary public health at the University of Melbourne who coauthored the Science study, told Yong that using more than one live vaccine at a time is a feature of veterinary medicine rather than human medicine. Vincent Racaniello, PhD, a virologist at Columbia University, commented to Yong that it’s useful to know vaccine-related recombination can occur but that any danger is probably outweighed by the disease risk. He said the two strains in the inhaled seasonal flu vaccine are weakened by the same mutation and that any recombination would produce an equally weakened vaccine, according to the blog post. Racaniello added that polio vaccine is an exception, because it contains three strains and can rarely lead to vaccine derived polio.Jul 12 Discover blog postlast_img read more

WeWork hipsters work the TRADS room

first_imgThe WeWork-let Cursitor Building in London played host to the flexible workspace giant’s AGMSource: I Am CursitorLast month, Japan’s SoftBank indicated a wish to funnel $10bn (£7.8bn) more into the serviced office business, on top of $4.4bn invested last year. The former stake valued the business at a silly $20bn, the second at a completely barmy $40bn. Revenues have soared: $436m in 2016 to $836m last year, to ‘an annualised rate’ of $2.3bn by next month. Losses over 2016 and 2017 of $1.3bn almost exactly matched income. In the first half of this year, $723m was lost. WeWork’s cumulative losses since 2016 look likely to reach $2.5bn by this December.“WeWork feels like a gambler, with an unimaginably high pile of chips, playing against Regus and traditional landlords”WeWork is now no mere unicorn. More a 1,000lb gorilla, with a $2.5bn ball chained to its ankle. The business, established in 2010 by vegan Adam Neumann, has 280 encampments, no meat served, in 75 cities across 23 countries.Last December, there were 208,000 desk spaces across 18m sq ft of space, each earning $4,166 a year, according to a prospectus issued in April to bond investors. The cost of adding each new desk is put at $5,631. Result? Not misery, not yet. Still a joyful determination to keep expanding.Hunt for spaceWeWork employs 500 staff at Devonshire House in the City, paying £58m for a 10% stake in the 620,000 sq ft complex in April. It’s WeWork’s third acquisition in London – it owns 120 Moorgate and 51 Eastcheap, jointly with Rhône Capital. The business now runs 2.6m sq ft of space in more than 40 London buildings. Secured via outright purchase, persuading landlords to joint venture, or simply by taking a long lease. JLL, CBRE and C&W are all out hunting for acres more space in Manchester, Birmingham and Scotland.A precis of Greg’s undoubtedly compelling pitch: “We are 92% let in London. We want to double from 40 to 80 buildings by next year. We are currently negotiating five or six transactions. We know we are coming toward a correction. We are diversifying by mitigating risk. We are doing deals very differently from two or three years ago. We are looking to share with landlords. We do that and keep up our occupation levels; it means we will be here for the long term. We are not saying we are taking over.”Find out more – The cult of WeWorkThe fifth floor was still packed at 7pm. The atmosphere, All Bar One. The clientele mostly in their 20s. Customers will pay high prices in the right bar, so to speak, just to be with the right crowd. I say this at the weekend to a young relative visiting from San Francisco.He works for a profitable unicorn. He snorts: “We got out of our WeWork offices in New York. Noisy, small and full of people who want to feel successful, but aren’t yet. But they are willing to pay for swanky offices to impress investors. WeWork has tapped a deep vein.”Peter Bill is a journalist and author of Planet Property Behind came bearded Freddie Case, UK manager of Broker and Real Estate Agents Partnerships, a former sales manager with Your Golf Travel in similar hip attire.A crowd from the aptly named TRADS tenant rep network set down on Planet Hip last week. Landing on the communal fifth floor of WeWork’s Cursitor Building on Chancery Lane for their AGM. After AOB, the Greg and Freddie show ran against a background hubbub of occupants supping free Meantime London Lager. The pair made an evangelical pitch, clapping when they made a point, folding arms in unconscious unison when challenged.Miley is halted minutes into his pitch when challenged with the inevitable accusation “you are just a house of cards”, referring to the losses being piled up as WeWork expands with atomic force. Mmm… WeWork actually feels more like a gambler, with an unimaginably high pile of chips, playing against Regus and traditional landlords. The tenant rep chip is marked: ‘Your take is 10% of our take.’ Landlords need to match these fees, of course, on top of doling out John Lewis vouchers to get TRADS members to even visit.last_img read more

Jordan Peele inks first look deal with Amazon Studios

first_imgABC/Randy Holmes(LOS ANGELES) — Jordan Peele and Amazon Studios are officially partners.Amazon Studios announced Tuesday that Peele and his production company, Moneypaw Productions, has signed a first-look television deal with them to produce original content. This comes after Peele and his company announced another first-look deal with Sonar Entertainment, which produced Peele’s upcoming Nazi-hunting drama The Hunt — which was picked up last month by Amazon.“I couldn’t be more excited about this new relationship with Amazon,” Peele said in a statement. “They’ve been a fantastic partner to Monkeypaw over the last year because they’re committed to the same kind of fun and culturally-relevant television we are.”  In addition to The Hunt, Peele also has an upcoming Lorena Bobbitt docuseries forthcoming from Amazon.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more