RBS 6 Nations: Variety is spice of life for England

first_imgNOT FOR FEATURED LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Man at No 10: Toby Flood starts on SundayThere is no one England team, churning and smashing everything in front of it like an immovable object that has the same steely, mud-smeared face. No. This England team can rotate and adapt to its environment. So centres can switch in and out, and scrum-halves can be swapped because a boot is needed more than a run or a pass is most important. The opponent is meticulously assessed and a jersey is shared by the squad.So, while Croft comes in on the bench it is because he can pass balls round players’ heads on the run or he can jump up on the wing to collect a high ball, not because he is seen by Lancaster to be more of an ‘England’ player than anyone else.He perches on the bench while dynamic ball-carriers Mako Vunipola and James Haskell come in. They are tasked with bursting through Italy and playing around the breakdown. Danny Care is brought in to interest fringe players and provide a different kicking dimension. Tom Youngs never stops offering his services. Croft is in so that a splintered Azzurri can be flicked and galloped past. Freddie Burns can come on to drag defenders in a way different from Toby Flood.Focal point: Mako Vunipola tests France’s defenceLancaster will want to bamboozle Italy, and he can offer them big targets coming direct before looking to drag. In a way it is even more simple a tactic than if Wales were the opposition this Sunday. The English want to squash and pull Italy at will. Back in the groove: Tom Croft gets stuck into scrummaging practice with England ahead of the Italy gameBy Alan DymockWITH THE naming of the England squad it became easy to take the return of Tom Croft to international rugby as the headline.Of course, his comeback from a broken neck is a brave tale of a professional gritting their teeth and inching back into contention whether his body wanted to or not. He willed himself to get back to Twickenham and that must be respected.Nevertheless, his inclusion speaks of a tactical shift by the coaches for a certain opponent, rather than him being the best contender. Stuart Lancaster will undoubtedly support Croft and his unyielding desire, but this is on-message; he does not want to fully draw attention to his intentions.The England team may regularly be dragged kicking and screaming into a comparison with the England of 2003 – any glimmer of success makes this unavoidable – but they are wholly different, at least in a sense of set-up. Some changes are born of necessity. Owen Farrell could play to this tune were he fit. But with Flood it ensures that more defenders need to be interested before Manu Tuilagi and Brad Barritt come tumbling in. England need their new starters to blow out as they traipse around the park. They may just take Italy with them.The England coaches will not consider losing. Their press work will tell of respect and consideration of Italian talents. However, the England that play on Sunday will be one with a ruthlessness at the core of their outlook. Sentimentality is just an added extra.last_img read more

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DSS Says Longevity Weighing on Social Security Fund

first_img Sharing is caring! 149 Views   no discussions Share Tweet Deputy Director of the Dominica Social Security, Mr. Augustus EtienneDominica has been praised for providing the perfect environment for longevity with the island boasting at least a dozen centenarians the oldest having died at 128.While that is great news for those who wish to live long healthy lives, it’s not so great for the Dominica Social Security.The administrators are saying that Dominica’s aging population has been drawing heavily from its resources.Speaking on Vibes Radio, Deputy Director of the Social Security, Augustus Etienne revealed that an actuary- someone who deals with the measurement and management of risk and uncertainty -has put into perspective what that means for the social security fund.He explained, “More and more people are coming of age to receive their pensions and when they get there, they live long. It is not uncommon to find persons in receipt of pensions from age 60 and they are 100+ and they have to continue getting for as long as they live. People are aging much better now.”Etienne adds, “A person lives to retirement and then 10, 20, 30 years after retirement before they pass.”He says a population that is aging well means that the DSS has to take into consideration several factors that will impact the fund’s sustainability including the age profile of the population, those approaching 60.“When you start paying someone a pension at 60, how long do we have to pay them before they pass, how long do we have to pay commitments to their dependents…”He gave this as reason for the decision to increase the pensionable age from 60 to 65.The age has been gradually increasing by six months for years. This year it settles at 65.center_img LifestyleLocalNews DSS Says Longevity Weighing on Social Security Fund by: – February 3, 2020 Share Sharelast_img read more

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Mohali Test: Zaheer, Ponting have a spat

first_imgIndian pacer Zaheer Khan and Australian skipper Ricky Ponting were locked in spat on the opening day of the first Test between the two countries in Mohali on Friday.Soon after Ponting was run out at 72 runs, he and Zaheer had an ugly exchange of words. It’s not clear who started it all, but Ponting seemed so upset with the words thrown at him by Zaheer that he went on to confront him.Ponting was also seen pointing his bat towards Zaheer. It took umpire Billy Bowden’s intervention to cool things down. Indian and Australian cricketers have a history of spats, including the infamous episode in which Harbhajan Singh allegedly called Andrew Symonds a “monkey”.last_img

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Mavericks bow to Suns in Dirk Nowitzki’s return

first_imgSuns: Host Minnesota on Saturday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Dirk Nowitzki #41 of the Dallas Mavericks passes the ball guarded by T.J. Warren #12 of the Phoenix Suns during the first half of the NBA game at Talking Stick Resort Arena on December 13, 2018 in Phoenix, Arizona. Christian Petersen/Getty Images/AFPPHOENIX— The Phoenix Suns have just five wins this season, and two have come against the Dallas Mavericks.The latest was Thursday night, when T.J. Warren scored a season-high 30 points and the Suns snapped a 10-game losing streak with a 99-89 victory.ADVERTISEMENT Harrison Barnes scored 15 but on only 6-of-15 shooting for the Mavericks. DeAndre Jordan added 14 points and 15 rebounds.Dallas never led after the first quarter. Phoenix was up by 10 at halftime and as many as 15 in the third quarter.The Mavericks tied it twice early in the second period before a 9-2 spurt put Phoenix up 36-28 on Jackson’s fast-break dunk. Another dunk on the break, this one by Warren, gave the Suns their biggest lead of the half at 47-36 with 1:14 left. Dallas scored the next four points before Mikal Bridges banked in a 3-pointer from 35 feet at the buzzer to put the Suns up 50-40 at the break.The Mavericks cut it to 56-53 early in the third but Phoenix got two 3-pointers from Ariza and one from Jackson in a 12-4 run to lead 68-57 on Crawford’s driving layup. The Suns twice stretched the lead to 15 late in the quarter, the last time 78-63 after Warren’s driving reverse layup with 53 seconds left. Phoenix led 78-67 entering the fourth.Barnes’ basket cut the lead to 90-83 with 3:43 remaining but the Suns scrambled for a loose ball and Jackson sank a 3-pointer to make it 93-83. Barnes lost the ball to Ariza for a turnover, Crawford made a 19-footer and the Suns coasted from there.TIP-INSMavericks: Backup point guard J.J. Barea missed the game with a sprained left ankle. … Dallas was 2 of 19 on 3-pointers in the first half. Barnes was 0 for 6. … Mavs were playing for the second consecutive night, beating Atlanta 114-107 in Dallas on Wednesday.Suns: Deandre Ayton, the No. 1 overall draft pick, was just 3-of-13 shooting for seven points with five rebounds and four turnovers, compared with Dallas’ Luka Doncic, the No. 3 pick, who had 13 points, six assists, five rebounds and four turnovers. … It was the first Phoenix win this season without Devin Booker, who missed his sixth straight game (hamstring). … The 89 points were the fewest allowed by the Suns in a game this season.UP NEXTMavericks: Host Sacramento on Sunday. TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening Lacson: 2019 budget delay due to P75-B House ‘insertion’ Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue LATEST STORIES MOST READ Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “Generally I thought our effort was good,” Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle said. “We held them under a hundred. We just had a rough night offensively. We turned it over too much and their offensive rebounding hurt us. In the NBA today, it doesn’t matter what records are or anything else. If you go bad in a couple of key categories, statistical categories, you are going to have trouble winning on the road. ”Jamal Crawford added 17 points and Josh Jackson 14 for the Suns. Trevor Ariza had 13 points, eight rebounds and five assists.“We were communicating. We were together,” the Suns’ Richaun Holmes said. “We all had the mindset to win.”Warren had 11 points in the first quarter and finished the game 11 of 17, including 3 of 4 on 3s. He credited coach Igor Kokoskov.“Igor, he had a lot of good sets for me tonight,” Warren said, “and my teammates did a good job finding me in my spots in transition. Just me being myself out there.”ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño The Dallas loss came in the season debut of Dirk Nowitzki, who hadn’t played yet while recovering from ankle surgery. When he entered the game late in the first quarter, it marked his 21st season with the Mavericks, most by a player with one team in NBA history.Phoenix beat the Mavericks for the seventh straight time.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefBoth Suns wins this season came in Phoenix, the first a 121-100 victory in the season opener. Both games were late tips on national television.Dallas, which had won three straight and eight of 10 overall, made only 5 of 33 3-pointers. 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