Francis expects Thompson, Spencer to go faster

first_imgLONDON, England:MVP Track Club head coach Stephen Francis is expecting ever-improving 200 metres sprinter Elaine Thompson to go much faster before the end of the season, after the 23-year-old’s impressive 22.10 (-0.3) personal-best and win at the Sainsbury’s Anniversary Games inside the London Olympic Stadium on Saturday.Francis also provided an update on 400m hurdling medal hope Kaliese Spencer, who has missed the last month or so of competition with a foot injury.Thompson, who had previously ran 22.37 at a Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association All Comers Meet in May, is seen as a strong contender for a podium spot at next month’s World Championships in Beijing, China, and looked like she belonged, out-powering established American sprinter Torie Bowie, 22.32, and Candyce McGrone, 22.70, to the line, in what was her first appearance in the 200m internationally this year, and only the second in her career.The timing of the sprinter’s personal best came as a slight surprise to Francis, who shared that she has been under a heavy training load in the past month at their training base in Italy.”We have been practising her technical running of the 200m a lot since the trials and, on one hand, it’s a little bit surprising that she ran that quickly because she has been having a very heavy training load since the trials ended,” Francis told The Gleaner. “We have had four really hard weeks and this is the time when it was least expected that she will run this fast, but on the other hand, it probably means that she will run a lot faster in four week’s time (at the World Championships), so we will see.”FOURTH-FASTESTThompson’s time makes her the fourth-fastest woman in the event this year and the eighth-fastest Jamaican in history behind Merlene Ottey (21.64), Grace Jackson (21.72), Veronica Campbell-Brown (21.74), Juliet Cuthbert (21.75), Kerron Stewart (21.99), Sherone Simpson (22.00), and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce (22.09). Ottey would, of course, later change her nationality to Slovenian.Francis also pointed out the athlete’s ability to apply her training in competitive situations.”She ran as how she has been practising, and that’s a good sign,” Francis said. “Athletes who run as precisely as how they interpret what they are supposed to do will always do well, and I think she has got the message that all she needs to do, is do what she does in practice and allow everything else to take care of itself.”Meanwhile, Spencer was listed to compete in London over the weekend as well, but her name was removed from the 400m hurdles start list a couple days before the meet. She was also expected to run at another meet a few days ago, causing concern about her fitness going into the World Championships.Spencer won all three of the Diamond League meets she has competed in, but has not featured since June 11, but Francis assured that the Commonwealth champion will be ready for Beijing, where he expects her to do well.”She (Spencer) missed a couple weeks’ training; she had some issues with her foot, but she has started back, and because of that, you probably won’t see her run until the World Championships. Being as experienced as she is, I think it might be good for her.She will go into the World Championships a lot more focused, she will be in shape, she looks quite good so far, and I think she is going to run very well,” said Francis. “Nobody knows how everyone else will run, but I’m pretty sure Kaliese will run the fastest she has ever ran at a championships.”andre.lowe@gleanerjm.comlast_img read more

Stay humble, Pogba warns Man Utd after Burnley stumble

first_img0Shares0000Two easy: Paul Pogba scored twice for the second straight game as Manchester United beat Bournemouth 4-1LONDON, United Kingdom, Jan 30 – Manchester United’s late rally from 2-0 down to snatch a point in a 2-2 draw at home to Burnley on Tuesday was too little, too late for midfielder Paul Pogba.Ole Gunnar Solskjaer missed out on a ninth straight win as caretaker manager despite Pogba’s penalty and a stoppage time equaliser from Victor Lindelof as United dropped two points in the race for a top-four finish after falling behind to goals from Ashley Barnes and Chris Wood at Old Trafford. “We are disappointed with ourselves,” said World Cup winner Pogba.“The way that we played when we conceded the second goal (is how) we should have started,” he explained.“You have to learn from your mistakes and next time I think we need to start the game differently. That’s it.”A two-goal fightback in the final three minutes plus injury time was reminiscent of the United of old for whom Solskjaer played under Alex Ferguson.However, after surging back into contention for Champions League qualification, United could fall five points off the top four on Wednesday should Chelsea win at Bournemouth.“Like the manager says, keep being humble,” added Pogba. “You have to start strong, you have to be aggressive because they were in the first-half.“I think we played like we were winning maybe 1-0 or 2-0 and that’s why the result was like that.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Everton and Tottenham set for transfer battle with AC Milan for Italy defender?

first_imgAC Milan have joined Everton and Tottenham in the race for defender Andrea Ranocchia.The Italian is reportedly frustrated at Inter Milan after falling down the pecking order behind Joao Miranda and Jeison Murillo.Both Everton and Spurs expressed an interest in the summer but they now face competition for the 27-year-old’s signature if they decide to reignite thier interest.According to Italian broadcaster Mediaset Premium, Inter’s rivals Milan are now ready to make a move for Ranocchia in January.Sinisa Mihajlovic is keen to bolster his squad when the transfer window reopens and believes the Italy international would be the perfect addition.However, Inter are reluctant to do business with Milan which could allow Everton or Tottenham to sneak in. 1 Andrea Ranocchia last_img

Norwich beat Liverpool and Tottenham to signing of highly-rated England starlet

first_img James Maddison 1 Norwich have signed midfielder James Maddison from Coventry, with the midfielder remaining at the Ricoh Arena until the end of the season.The 19-year-old has moved for an undisclosed fee and agreed a three-and-a-half-year deal at Carrow Road, with an option for a further year.Canaries boss Alex Neil told his club’s official website: “We’re delighted to sign James as he is a fantastic prospect who has already made a mark at Coventry at such a young age.“He has real potential to develop, making this deal one we’re really pleased to get over the line.“James will return on loan to Coventry for the rest of the season to continue his development before joining up with us on a full-time basis in the summer.”Maddison is Norwich’s eighth signing of the winter transfer window, following Matt Jarvis, Ivo Pinto, Timm Klose, Steven Naismith and Patrick Bamford, plus future prospects Ben Godfrey and Ebou Adams, to Norfolk.last_img read more

Deluxe interiors of Eclipse Cinemas revealed after modern facelift

first_imgDonegal Daily goes behind the scenes at Eclipse Cinemas Lifford-Strabane to see their recent luxurious facelift. The major new facelift not only includes a new coat of paint along the foyer and corridor but a huge investment in its four original screens. All four screens have been modernised to stadium style seating providing the optimum viewing experience, they also have had new larger cinema screens fitted making the viewing experience that much better. Screen 1 in particular has had a massive budget spent with a Sony 4K projector being fitted along with new leather American Style Rocker Chairs. The Sony 4K projector produces over 8,000,000 pixels, which is four times the amount of a standard cinema screen. Along the original corridor there is plush new décor and brand new modern washrooms.The cinema originally opened in 1996 and is owned by the Barrett Family from Omagh. In 2008 there was also a major renovation which contributed to a new extensive foyer and three additional screens making it a seven screen cinema.“We have faced some big challenges over the years the banking crisis, the recession, film piracy and now Brexit and the effect it had on the pound. Because around half of our income is in sterling and most of our bills are in euro the renovation ended up costing much more than budgeted earlier this year. In real terms to pay for the budget overrun because of the sterling collapse we need to sell 26,923 more popcorns than planned,” Director Daniel Barrett stated. In this modern world it is very difficult for an Independent Family Owned Cinema Group to compete against big chains however Eclipse Cinemas try and do this with a variety of different offers including Crazy Tuesdays all tickets all day €4, Over 50’s Wednesday all tickets €5 for people over the age of 50, Thursday Meal Deals Admission, Popcorn and drink for €10.00, Late night Fridays all tickets after 10.30pm €4 and kids club €1.80 at all 12noon shows.For Christmas Eclipse Cinemas Lifford-Strabane have a special offer on gift cards. When you spend over €25 you get a free ticket, if you spend over €45 you get two free tickets. There is also a Christmas Fun day and Christmas market on Saturday 3rd December with visits from Old St Nicholas Santa (Mascot), Elsa, Anna and Olaf.Deluxe interiors of Eclipse Cinemas revealed after modern facelift was last modified: November 15th, 2016 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:cinemaEclipse CinemasLiffordstrabanelast_img read more

FINNER CAMP SOLDIER BRINGS LEGAL CHALLENGE OVER PROMOTION

first_imgA corporal in the Military Police base at Finner Camp has brought a legal challenge to a new hearing requirement for promotion to the position of sergeant in the Military Police.The action, against the Minister for Defence and the Attorney General, has been brought by Cpl Anthony Joseph Finnerty. Cpl Finnerty has been a member of the Defence Forces for more than 25 years.Mr Justice Brian McGovern granted leave to Michael Howard SC, for Cpl Finnerty, to bring the judicial review proceedings. The application for leave was made ex parte (one side represented only).Cpl Finnerty applied for promotion earlier this year but was unsuccessful because of a new rule that people in the rank of sergeant have a hearing grade of level H2 or better (H1 is the highest and H5 the lowest), the judge heard. Cpl Finnerty was assessed as having a hearing grade of H4.The judge granted Cpl Finnerty a temporary injunction restraining the Minister permanently filling any of the positions of sergeant in the Military Police in the 4th Western Brigade pending the determination of the action.FINNER CAMP SOLDIER BRINGS LEGAL CHALLENGE OVER PROMOTION was last modified: June 26th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Cpl Anthony Joseph FinnertyFinner Camplast_img read more

GAA: FOUR MASTERS GAA CLUB NEWS

first_imgFour Masters G.A.A. ClubThe €50 winners in the Annual Lotto for Week 50 were Hugh Devenney, Cormullion and Marcus Monaghan, Drumlonagher. The numbers drawn were 7, 10, 16 & 24.The Annual Lotto End-of-Year Draw for a total of €3,000 in prizes for fully paid members was made last Monday night June 25th and the winners were as follows: €1,000 Patsy Mc Groary, Tullynagreine – €500 Patrick Ward, Orbeg – €500 Fergal Britton, Pettigo – €250 Peter & Noreen Dunnion, Clarlougheske – €250 Steve Walsh, Altidoo – €100 Michael Masterson, Old Golf Course Road – €100 Manus Brennan, Drumkeeghan – €100 Barry Monaghan, Ardeskin – €100 Colm Gallagher, Mountcharles – €100 Anne Colhoun, Drumrooske. The first draw of the 2012/2013 Annual Lotto starting with a jackpot of €1,100 will take place on Monday July16th. New members are welcome with entry forms are available from Sean Dunnion (087) 2300735, Maeve Espey (086) 8730610 and Paul Timoney (087) 2791305.The Club will host the annual Frank Muldoon Memorial Open Singles Stableford Competition on Wednesday next July 4th 2012 at Donegal Golf Club sponsored by ROONEY’S CENTRA. Donegal Golf Club Members, Four Masters members and Visitors are all welcome. Timesheet in Operation. Contact Donegal Golf Club (074) 9734054. The Under 8 footballers played in their final blitz of the season on Saturday last in Bundoran and took home the silverware. They played four very competitive games, winning three and drawing the fourth. Great credit must go to this group of boys for their great dedication and to watch their development over the weeks has been fantastic. Again thanks to the Bundoran club for their hospitality and the parents and grandparents for all their support. Coaching continues on Wednesday evenings at 6.30 pm finishing up on Wednesday July 18th. The Football Cul Camp for boys and girls aged 6 to 13 then takes place in Tir Conaill Park from Monday July 23rd to Friday July 27th.  Coaching for the Under10 girls continues on Tuesday evenings from 5.00 to 6.00 pm at Tir Conaill Park. Please contact Kelly Lacey (087) 9919035 for further information. The under 12 girls have participated in two Blitz competitions so far away to Aodh Ruadh and at home. The next Blitz is this Wednesday 27th June in Mountcharles. Coaching takes place every Monday from 6.00 to 7.00 pm. The Under 14 girls team have topped their championship group beating Glenswilly, Cloughaneely, Noamh Columba, and Ardara. They have now qualified for the County B semi-final. The Under 16 girls coaching is on Fridays at 5.00 pm. Please contact John Mc Intyre on (086) 3535107 for further information. The Senior Ladies recently won against St Eunans in both the 13-a-side and 15-a-side competitions. This Sunday (July 1st) they have a  challenge match against Glenelly from County Tyrone. Championship match v Moville at home on Sunday 8th July at 12 noon. Gaelic4Mothers & Others with fun activities have commenced on Monday evenings from 8.00 to 9.00 pm at Tir Conaill Park. Please contact Deborah Lacey on (087) 2199730 for further information. GAA: FOUR MASTERS GAA CLUB NEWS was last modified: June 26th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:GAA: FOUR MASTERS GAA CLUB NEWSlast_img read more

BOOK LAUNCH ON HISTORY OF DUNFANAGHY BOXING CLUB THIS SATURDAY

first_imgA book launch charting the History of Dunfanaghy Boxing Club will be held – Saturday 16th of January at 8pm prior to the club’s first tournament of 2016, in the Oznam Centre in Dunfanaghy. Compiled by James Woods – The History of Dunfanaghy Boxing Club will be priced at €10 on the night. Here is a short piece James sent into us regarding the book launch this weekend.“After another unscripted stop, the German tourist decided to take the umpteenth picture of a cow grazing in a field, and asked Josie, if he had any idea what the cow might be thinking? Not sure how to reply to such a question, an impatient Josie said “the cow is probably thinking what the hell are you looking at?”As everyone is keenly aware, there is a beginning to everything, but the strength of the seed that’s planted at the start will ultimately determine its end.If its down to survival or determination of the fittest, then I think that would be some of the interlinking components that has guaranteed Dunfanaghy Boxing club its well deserved place in a local historical context, and a niche in parish folklore for its ‘refusal to wane into obscurity. This is down in no small part to trainer/coach Eddie Harkin especially, and many of those who first entered the old Market house to get their heart pumping in its embryonic years.This compelling but easy to read book was years in the making, by that I mean it was no more than an idea in need of further coaxing, that poked its head up every now and again when someone started recounting stories of having trained or boxed at the club.Its not all about the boxing, its about the people in the background as well.It was while having a chat with Micky Durning (one of the clubs founders) in Dunfanaghy that the idea got kick-started into action, whereby deciding that a pen was needed to take it to the next level.The fact that it is being launched at the beginning of the centenary year of the 1916 rising is an unplanned bonus which will make it that bit more special in years to come.I spent a fair few evenings at odd intervals throughout 2015 jotting down bits and pieces on one of those outdated schoolbook jotters at the various houses I called too, as part of my quest. These are people who occupy positions in all walks of life who have made some enlightening contributions, some are retired, and some still going about their daily business as if there weren’t enough hours in the day.While a few in the know” were expecting me to knock on their door, others didn’t, but were excited by the prospect once I explained what my mission was, I was offered tea in some houses and none in others, but the craic was good as I penned some exhilarating stories and dug up a few ageing dust covered photos in the process.Every sporting organisation or club have had their fair share of ups and downs. And each has its their own specific story to tell.As far as I’m aware this book will be leading the way in respect of an amateur boxing club having its, at times unplanned moments both inside the ring and outside charted in a way that will bring smiles to peoples faces, and rejuvenate distant memories. The early years of participating in tournaments come about, during a dark and gloomy era of hard work and little reward with emigration being the release valve to a brighter future in many respects.Travelling to take part in tournaments in Derry, Belfast or Dublin was not as pleasurable an experience as it can be today.Roads were full of dangerous bends, lorries and buses pumped out black smoke and sheep and cows had much the same rights to the roadways as you had.Intimidating border crossings were an experience that was not looked forwarded too, they consisted of massive steel structures manned by heavily armed and very nervous British soldiers.It was difficult to factor in waiting times spent at these border crossings or indeed the countless checkpoints that appeared at any juncture in the ongoing journey on roads that had more turns than a jiving class, or more twists than Joan Burton taking canoeing lessons in Storm Frank.Since the club was founded in 1978, and up to the present day, hundreds of young fellows have gone through the doors, (girls having become a welcome addition in recent years due in no small way to watching with excitement Ireland’s gifted Olympic Gold medallist, Katie Taylor making short work of her opponents) some stuck it out for a few nights, while others went for weeks, months and years in pursuit of titles and trophy’s, before becoming mentors to a younger generation of boxers.Every young fellow or girl who takes up the sport today, dreams of following in the footsteps of Irelands first medal winner, John McNally who won a silver medal at Bantamweight in the Helsinki Olympics in 1954.In the following years up to the 1980s, Fred Tiedt, John Caldwell, Freddie Gilroy, Antoney Byrne, Jim McCourt and Hugh Russell brought home Bronze medals.Michael Carruth brought us our first Gold and Wayne McCullough a Silver in 1992.Kenny Egan Silver, Paddy Barnes Bronze and Darren Sutherland Bronze in 2008.In 2012 Katie Taylor won Gold, John Joe Nevin took Silver while Paddy Barnes and Michael Conlan took Bronze. Since then Ireland’s boxers have won a plethora of medals at World and European levels.In order to win medals, once you push the boat out you have to keep rowing, and that takes dogged  determination and no small measure of guidance.Dunfanaghy boxers have acquired a number of gold medals at European and world levels over the years, and will no doubt add to that tally in the future.Once again their ever dependable trainer Eddie Harkin deserves full credit for that exemplary record, and I hope this book adds to the trophy shelf, and to your bookshelf if you want to own a copy from the limited number being published.”BOOK LAUNCH ON HISTORY OF DUNFANAGHY BOXING CLUB THIS SATURDAY was last modified: January 11th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Limpopo mentor: ‘Share what you have’

first_imgRefiloe Thobejane of Mankweng in Limpopo believes you cannot change the environment around you without love. Give love – make people feel important when doing community work, she says.Refiloe Thobejane is the go-to person in Mankweng, Limpopo if you want help with planning an event or advice on doing community work. (Image supplied)Melissa JavanRefiloe Thobejane is a Play Your Part ambassador who is involved in most youth events in Mankweng, Limpopo, where she is the go-to person when there is planning to be done for events or projects concerning youngsters.The 37-year-old says she mentors many people from various initiatives, and helps to form partnerships between them. As a group, the “motto is to not do things alone. We involve everyone in the community when we are planning or hosting an event,” Thobejane says.Speaking about working in tandem with different organisations, she says: “We found that even though we don’t have the same vision, we still need each other. There is no way you can leave other organisations out.”With this attitude, functions and projects Thobejane helps to organise – such as sports events to fight drug abuse or collecting clothes for primary schools – include “everyone”. “We would collect old school uniforms, wash them and give them away,” she explains.Her historyThobejane has been active in her community since she was young. She was a drum majorette from the age of 10 and years later got involved in aerobics and Latin dancing. “I went on with aerobics at university. I now teach aerobics classes in my community.”A researcher in the Limpopo department of agriculture, she has an honours degree in biochemistry and physiology from the University of Limpopo, as well as a Masters in aquaculture, or fish farming, completed in Australia.Mankweng Youth VoiceMankweng Youth Voice was founded by young people in 2015, says Thobejane. “They invited me to help them. I started as a mentor.” Her skills include helping them define their needs in the community. “I had to shake them up and make them identify the challenges the community is facing daily.“There are so many disadvantages, so we looked at short-term objectives. Some of the challenges include teen pregnancies, children not going to school, and lack of information on HIV,” says Thobejane. “There are even people are not going for ARVs, because of lack of knowledge.”In 2016, they focused on educating people about the issues they had identified. “We found that if you do a programme, but people are not informed, it’s a challenge.”Information workshops included inviting organisations to talk about how to use money. They also introduced computer training programmes and drama workshops.Yonk’Into Social & Academic FoundationThobejane is a board member of Yonk’Into Social & Academic Foundation. “I managed to raise money for the organisation through my Australian networks,” she says.This led to helping Yonk’Into chairperson Perseverance Mojapelo to register at the University of Limpopo.Speaking about Mojapelo, she says. “He realised the importance of community work and that’s why he started the foundation. He wants to break the cycle of poverty.”Besides being a DJ and organising entertainment events such as beauty and dance contests, Mojapelo volunteers to teach matriculants in Mankweng subjects such as physics and mathematics.AdviceAsked for advice she would give to people wanting to start doing community work, Thobejane says: “You never change anything if you don’t give them love. Make them [the people you are working with] feel they are important – make them feel welcome. You cannot change anything if there is no love.”She also advises that people start with what they have. “You have to share what you have with other people. People who do not have love, share love with them; if they don’t have food, share food with them.“Share because you have an advantage. If you see disadvantaged people you reach out your hand.”Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa materiallast_img read more

One new cap for experienced Springboks

first_img5 June 2014 South Africa’s 2013 Sevens Player of the Year, Cornal Hendricks, will make his debut for South Africa in the 15-man code next to ten players who started in the Springboks’ final test of 2013 when they face a star-studded World XV at DHL Newlands in Cape Town on Saturday. The speedy Hendricks is the only newcomer in the team as Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer opted for continuity in his team’s first match of the year. The old firm of Bakkies Botha and interim captain Victor Matfield are re-united in the second row. JP Pietersen moves to outside centre. Schalk Burger makes a return to the side for the first time in two-and-a-half years while Frans Steyn, Schalk Brits, Lwazi Mvovo and Johan Goosen are also back after playing no test rugby last year. The five players who started in the 19-10 win over France in Paris last November but are not in the starting team this week, are the injured Jean de Villiers, Jaque Fourie and Eben Etzebeth, as well as Flip van der Merwe and Coenie Oosthuizen, who will both start on the bench.‘Continuity’ “It’s positive to have this kind of continuity in our first start of the year,” said Meyer on Wednesday. “Even though we’ll be starting with a new midfield combination, Frans and JP have both played more than 50 tests for the Boks and with Bryan Habana also in the backline, Cornal will start with a lot of experience around him. “We’re expecting a stern test on Saturday against the World XV and our mindset is to make our nation proud. It should never be anything else when the Springboks play. It will also be a good way to start the season before our first test next week against Wales, but for now we’re only focused on the World XV and playing well.‘Aim’ Looking at the bigger picture, Meyer added: “Our aim for the season is to accelerate and make a step up from 2013. To put ourselves in a position to do that, we simply have to start well.” Of the 23 in action on Saturday, 13 featured in the victory in Paris. One of the new faces is Matfield, who has been named captain with De Villiers out injured during the Castle Lager Incoming Series this month. It will be the 110-time capped lock’s first match in the green and gold since the Rugby World Cup in 2011. Meyer said it was pleasing to see Matfield and Botha re-united, while he was also very excited about the prospects of Hendricks on the wing, Pietersen at outside centre and the return of Burger, Brits and Steyn.‘I wouldn’t have believed it’ “If anyone told me two years ago that Victor and Bakkies would play together again for the Boks, I probably wouldn’t have believed it. They have been great servants of the game in South Africa and now have the opportunity to take it further. “We’re also keen to see what JP can offer at outside centre, where he’s played very well for the Cell C Sharks earlier in his career and for his club in Japan. “Cornal is a player I’ve been following for some time and I thought he made a very good transition from sevens to the 15-man code earlier this year. He’s big and very fast, and hopefully we’ll be able to provide him with some space to attack in. The Springbok Sevens can be very proud of the way in which they aided in his development to a top-class player.‘X-factor’ Meyer also welcomed back two players who he said brought something extra to the Springbok squad: “Frans [Steyn] and Schalk Brits are both special players with the X-factor and it’s wonderful to have them back. Their attitude has been superb and I know they can add a lot in the coming weeks,” he said. “Lwazi has been great for the Cell C Sharks this year and I believe he can make an impact later in the match, while I’ve always rated Johan and it’s good to see him getting back to his best. “This was a tough team selection to make and a couple of players were unlucky to miss out, but I know all of them will keep on pressing hard for selection in the weeks to come. I always like it if players in the team must make it easy for me to leave them in, and players outside the team must make it difficult to leave them out.”SPRINGBOK SQUAD 15 Willie le Roux, 14 Cornal Hendricks, 13 JP Pietersen, 12 Frans Steyn, 11 Bryan Habana, 10 Morne Steyn, 9 Ruan Pienaar, 8 Duane Vermeulen, 7 Francois Louw, 6 Willem Alberts, 5 Victor Matfield (c), 4 Bakkies Botha, 3 Jannie du Plessis, 2 Bismarck du Plessis, 1 Tendai Mtawarira 16 Schalk Brits, 17 Gurthro Steenkamp, 18 Coenie Oosthuizen, 19 Flip van der Merwe, 20 Schalk Burger, 21 Fourie du Preez, 22 Johan Goosen, 23 Lwazi Mvovo SAinfo reporterlast_img read more