Crusaders assistant coach Ronan O'Gara could help England, says Stuart BarnesPHOTOSPORT Former Ireland first-five Ronan O'Gara is understood to have taken a hefty pay cut in order to further his coaching development in New Zealand. Former England first-five Stuart Barnes believes Eddie Jones should turn to Crusaders assistant coach Ronan O'Gara if defence coach Paul Gustard departs ahead of the 2019 Rugby World Cup. His endorsement for O'Gara, who played 128 times for Ireland, comes amid increased speculation that England defence coach Gustard is set to be named as Harlequins' new head of rugby. If Harlequins opt for the current England defence coach, the way would be open to appoint O'Gara as the next one — and so much more." O'Gara previously worked as defence coach with Racing Metro before taking a significant pay cut to further his coaching development with the Crusaders.
May 20, 2018 21:56 UTC
The flight path of Air New Zealand flight NZ621. Image: FlightradarAbout 10 minutes before landing at Queenstown Airport there was a loud bang, a flash of white light, and for a few seconds Edward Guy thought it was all over. "I thought the engine had blown up and fallen off," said Guy, a passenger on one of two Air New Zealand flights struck by lightning just out of Queenstown yesterday. As flight NZ621 on route from Auckland started to descend, the plane first struck some heavy turbulence. "As we came through the thick clouds there was some pretty heavy turbulence," Guy said.
May 20, 2018 21:45 UTC
Toni Street returns to The Hits after long illnessThe Hits/Facebook Toni Street, centre, celebrates her return to radio with The Hits breakfast co-hosts Sarah Gandy and Sam Wallace. Toni Street returned to her radio show on Monday morning after five weeks out of the public spotlight. The Hits/Facebook Toni Street first revealed the extent of the illness that has kept her off-air for weeks on Mother's Day. "You're a Super Woman, but even Super Woman [needs a break]" Morrison said, before she added, "You don't want to be Spider Woman, OK!" "I do not want to be Spider Woman," Street replied, "Wonder Woman, yes.
May 20, 2018 21:00 UTC
Owen Franks. Photo: Getty ImagesCrusaders prop Owen Franks has copped a two-week ban for his head-high tackle on Blues hooker James Parsons. Franks' shot to the head of Parsons, which forced the Blues player from the field in the first half, was reviewed by referee Glen Jackson, who gave Franks a warning but nothing else. His ban was reduced from a starting point of four weeks due to several reasons, explained committee chairman Nigel Hampton. Jackson could be heard via his microphone telling Franks that he was lucky too much time had elapsed before the incident was spotted.
May 20, 2018 19:52 UTC
Ben Smith should start for the All Blacks, although in which position is up for debate. Photo: Getty ImagesThe intrigue around the All Blacks outside backs isn't going to let up even though the make-up of the personnel is known for the June series. The only fixed element is that Rieko Ioane and Ben Smith have to start. "Obviously really close," said All Blacks coach Steve Hansen about how much consideration they gave to picking the Hurricanes wing. There are a couple of blokes there who are our big wingers and Ben Smith can play on the wing pretty handily as well.
May 20, 2018 19:52 UTC
Two Black Caps involved in Indian Premier League playoffsAP MS Dhoni helped steer Chennai Super Kings past Kings XI Punjab on the final day of the IPL regular season. There will just be two Black Caps involved in the Indian Premier League playoffs after Trent Boult's Delhi Daredevils ended the hopes of defending champions Mumbai Indians by securing an 11-run victory in their final regular season match on Sunday (Monday NZT). "We played bad cricket, we were not there today." Mitchell McClenaghan was a non-starter for Mumbai. Kings XI Punjab have also been eliminated after losing their must-win game against Chennai Super Kings by five wickets after the experience of Suresh Raina's (61 from 48) and MS Dhoni (16 from 7) saw them through to the 154-run target with just five balls to spare.
May 20, 2018 19:41 UTC
'I'll play for free': Fifita's plea for State of Origin gigGETTY IMAGES Andrew Fifita on the rampage for the Cronulla Sharks. Andrew Fifita has issued a plea to Brad Fittler and the NSW hierarchy to pick him for games one and three in the State of Origin series, declaring he would play for free. "There is nothing more in the world I want than to win a State of Origin series. I'd play for free. If we get the series win and I get that under my belt and have a series win to my name I have done pretty much everything in the game."
May 20, 2018 19:18 UTC
Sedimentation degrading Kaiteriteri, Otuwhero estuariesSAMANTHA GEE/STUFF Damage from ex-Tropical Cyclone Gita was evident in late March at the Otuwhero Inlet, near Marahau. The Kaiteriteri estuary catchment is dominated by pine forest in various stages of growth while partially logged pine plantation, unlogged plantation and early regeneration scrub dominate the Otuwhero catchment, near Marahau. "There is no doubt that sedimentation effects at these estuaries is linked to human catchment activities," the report says. The Abel Tasman estuaries are naturally dominated by "coarse substratum" composed of granule, coarse, medium and fine sands. However, despite silt and clays being a small component of the material arriving at the coast, mud has increased in the Kaiteriteri and Otuwhero estuaries.
May 20, 2018 18:56 UTC
Gusts of up to 130km, more than 3000 lightning strikes, and the cold is set to biteMETSERVICE/TWITTER The South Island is set to shiver as a front brings rain, and potentially snow to low levels. There have been almost 3500 lightning strikes so far today (to 10pm). "We have a front that is weakening as it moves north over the North Island, but it has been quite active during the overnight period," Glassey said. With the trough today, the coldest air moved onto the lower South Island, but with the trough tomorrow the cold air makes its way further north onto parts of the North Island. Severe gales are forecast for the east of the South Island on Tuesday, and for Wellington and Wairarapa.
May 20, 2018 18:56 UTC
Scott McLaughlin licking his wounds after Winton setbackGETTY IMAGES Scott McLaughlin needs to regroup after a rough weekend in Winton. Supercars championship leader Scott McLaughlin is licking his wounds after his golden run came to an end at Winton. McLaughlin claimed two poles, but his best race result came on Sunday with a third-place finish as teammate Fabian Coulthard cantered to an easy victory. READ MORE:* McLaughlin mistake ends streakDespite the missed opportunities, McLaughlin isn't down on himself. Fabian was better off there and he was very fast," McLaughlin said.
May 20, 2018 18:45 UTC
Tyson Fury to start comeback against 39-year-old Sefer SeferiGETTY IMAGES Tyson Fury is looking fit and trim for his long-awaited comeback to boxing. Tyson Fury will launch his comeback against 39-year-old Albanian Sefer Seferi, his promoter Frank Warren announced. He represents the type of opponent Fury and his new promoter Warren have targeted since next month's date was confirmed. He will also be his first opponent since working with new trainer Ben Davison following his split from uncle Peter Fury. Tyson Fury and Warren plan for him to fight at least twice more before the conclusion of 2018, in an attempt to continue to build the stamina he has worked on since gaining and losing so much weight while he struggled with depression.
May 20, 2018 18:33 UTC
The Otago Boys’ High School second XV has had a week to remember. The side had a tough start to the season with losses to Waitaki Boys’ High School and then the OBHS first XV but it is now back on track. In Balclutha, Waitaki Boys’ High School enjoyed a good trip south, beating South Otago High School 31-15. In the other game, Mount Aspiring College beat King’s High School second XV 65-0. Otago Boys’ High School first XV beat King’s High School first XV 20-9 in an interschool match last Tuesday.
May 20, 2018 17:48 UTC
Lava from Hawaii's erupting Kilauea shatters legLava splatter from Hawaii's Kilauea has hit a man, shattering his leg, in the first major injury from the erupting volcano. Lava spatters "can weigh as much as a refrigerator and even small pieces of spatter can kill," the spokeswoman told Reuters. Jae C. Hong/AP Lava erupts in the Leilani Estates subdivision near Pahoa, Hawaii. To date, at least 23 fissures have formed along a northeast-southwest line in the rift zone, most in the Leilani Estates and Lanipuna Gardens neighbourhoods. "It's huge grenades going off," he told Hawaii News Now.
May 20, 2018 17:37 UTC
One powerful short narrative describes a woman, Annushka, who can no longer cope looking after her severely and chronically ill child. Tokarczuk’s other major preoccupation in Flights is anatomy, and specifically the preservation and study of the human body. She describes the human body as an intricate map of veins, arteries, intestines and skeletal mass. Tokarczuk compares the scientific preservation of the human body post-death with the act of writing about people; immortalising the other in words. The peripatetic style suits the subject matter — a constant moving, casting off, and search for meaning.
May 20, 2018 17:15 UTC
Shannon Frizell was one of three newcomers named in the 33-man squad for the June test series against France. He joined Highlanders Ben Smith, Liam Squire, Luke Whitelock, Aaron Smith and Waisake Naholo, while hooker Liam Coltman will act as paternity cover for Nathan Harris. Ardie Savea and Vaea Fifita were named in the loose forwards alongside Cane, Taufua and the Highlanders trio of Frizell, Whitelock and Squire. Out wide, Naholo and Ben Smith were joined by Nehe Milner-Skudder, Rieko Ioane and Jordie Barrett. All Blacks squadfor France testsOutside backs: Ben Smith (vc), Rieko Ioane, Waisake Naholo, Jordie Barrett, Nehe Milner-Skudder.
May 20, 2018 17:15 UTC