The Blues Rugby squad met at the beginning of September for a week of training in Oxford prior to a trial game against Henley Hawks. A two-week tour to America followed, with periods spent in New York and at a training camp based at Penn State University. The benefit of the tough summer programmes provided by Strength and Conditioning coach Tom Tombleson was immediately obvious, as was effort put in by players in other areas to improve their performance off the field this year. Johnny Chance’s intensive humour training has seen him rocket up the banter stakes to the point where he is considered ‘quite funny,’ an improvement on ‘nice’ and now our physio Cath even knows his name. Bertie Payne has obviously been taking singing lessons, although forgot to supplement them with work on his French accent while Olly Tomaszczyk has been doing a part-time sports science course. Dan Rosen’s new techniques for sleep deprivation of others, perfected on poor innocent rats over summer, showed impressive improvement and TT has been working on his personal pronouns. Winston Cowie has, needless to say, been boozing.As well as a great opportunity to put in some hard training without the various distractions of term time in Oxford, the tour was invaluable in getting to know new players, and was successful to the extent that boundaries were quickly blurred with distinctions between old and new all but disappearing. How did we previously survive without Stu ‘The King’ O’Flanagan’s private detective skills? Without Tom Gregory’s choreography? Without Ricky Lutton’s 24 hour on-call fire service? Without the spiritual guidance and problem-solving of our two agony aunts, Jacko and Rupert Allhusen? I could go on. Back in Oxford, the training regime necessarily slackens somewhat due to other commitments on players’ time, but the competition for places has ensured a continued intensity at all sessions, which in turn has led to convincing wins in our first two home games. As we enter a run of Monday evening fixtures, the squad is in good shape for the challenges ahead, which will culminate, of course, in the Varsity Match at Twickenham on 6th December.
“The situation in Hong Kong is still critical, with the number of cases remaining high,” Lam told reporters as she sat in front of a largescreen digital backdrop which read ‘Fight the virus with the central government’s full support’.Lam said she had asked Beijing in late July to help increase Hong Kong’s virus testing capabilities and facilities.The Chinese territory saw a surge in locally transmitted coronavirus cases at the start of July and introduced a raft of tightening measures including restricting gatherings to two people and making wearing masks mandatory in all outdoor public spaces.Since January around 3,900 people have been infected in Hong Kong, 46 of whom have died. Hong Kong will offer free voluntary coronavirus testing for residents, leader Carrie Lam said on Friday, as the global financial hub races to contain a resurgence of the virus over the past month.The plan, which will enable citywide testing for the first time, is likely to be implemented in two weeks at the earliest, Chief Executive Lam said.The announcement comes less than a week after China sent a team of health officials to Hong Kong to carry out widespread testing for COVID-19. It is the first time mainland health officials have assisted Hong Kong in its battle to control the coronavirus. Topics :
Leon Swamy batted Guyana to a 68-run win via the Duckworth/Lewis method over a stunned Leeward Islands side in round two of the CWI Regional Under-17, 50-Over tournament played at the Brian Lara Cricket Academy in Trinidad & Tobago.While torrential rains ravaged parts of the country, washing out the other twoLeon Swamysecond- round affairs, Guyana, batting first, made 116-9 in 28 overs, with Swamy smoking 41 from 34 balls, with five fours and a six.Guyana captain and opener Sachin Singh hit 19, while the ever-consistent Nigel Deodat chipped in with 14, as Tariq Newman snapped 4 wickets for 9 runs from six overs, with seamer Jaden Francis chipping in with 2 for16.The clobbering was swift, as Guyana’s start-studded arsenal of bowlers rocked the feeble Leewards, with Silvan Williams (2-9), Dwain Dick (2-16), Deodat (2-7) and Andre Seepersaud (2-10) decimating the opposition for a mere 49 runs.Guyana gained 6.2 points from the win, and an aggregate of 6.6 points after two games. The Leewards, who were second in the standings behind T&T, got 0.4 points and now sit on 6.6 points.In the other games, T&T and Jamaica had to sit and watch the rain fall at the National Cricket Centre (NCC), as play was not possible in Central Trinidad.Each team involved in the washout games got one point. T&T, however, retains the lead, as with the point gained, its aggregate has moved to 7.2 points. Jamaica, which had 0.4 point coming into this game, is now at 1.4.
Bafetimbi Gomis in action for Swansea 1 UAE side Al Ahli have had a bid rejected for Swansea striker Bafetimbi Gomis.The striker joined the Premier League side on a four-year deal last summer after his contract with Lyon expired.The 29-year-old went on to score 10 goals in all competitions during his first season, leading to interest from several clubs.However manager Garry Monk is keen to hold onto the Frenchman despite sides offering the Swans significant profit on a player they signed for free.Indeed, according to L’Equipe, Swansea have now rejected an offer from super-rich UAE side Al Ahli.The offer was believed to be in the region of 6m and would have also included a large tax-free wage for Gomis.