West Ham 2-2 Brighton: Tomas Soucek goal earns Hammers point


Soucek’s goal was his fourth of the season for West Ham

Tomas Soucek scored a late equaliser as West Ham came from behind to rescue a point against struggling Brighton.

The Seagulls took the lead towards the end of a first half they dominated when Neal Maupay swept in.

West Ham improved after the break and equalised when Ben Johnson scored his first goal for the club, taking advantage of poor defending to finish from close range.

Lewis Dunk thought he had won it for Brighton when he smashed in his first goal of the season following a short corner.

But Soucek, not for the first time this season, came up with another crucial goal as the midfielder was left unmarked at a corner and powered home a header.

Brighton had to settle for a fifth draw in their past eight games and are just two points above the relegation zone in 16th.

West Ham, meanwhile, remain 10th but move on to 22 points.

West Ham recover after dreadful start

David Moyes has fashioned a very decent West Ham side that is disciplined while often creative and attack-minded. They have been rewarded for their enterprising play with some impressive results, notably big wins against Wolves and Leicester and draws at Manchester City and Tottenham.

It was therefore perplexing that Moyes appeared to abandon that approach with a very negative team selection and set up against Brighton.

The Hammers were dreadful in the first half as they failed to register a shot on target and deservedly found themselves behind.

After the break, they were a different side. The introduction of Andriy Yarmolenko and Manuel Lanzini added the creative spark that had been missing and they took advantage of a Brighton side that struggled for composure after losing Adam Lallana to injury.

Had Moyes shown more faith in his side’s attacking capabilities from the start, they may have got more reward than the single point. The second-half performance will likely give him plenty to think about when setting up his side for similar games in the future.

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  1. Squad number1Player nameFabianski

  2. Squad number4Player nameBalbuena

  3. Squad number21Player nameOgbonna

  4. Squad number3Player nameCresswell

  5. Squad number5Player nameCoufal

  6. Squad number28Player nameSoucek

  7. Squad number41Player nameRice

  8. Squad number31Player nameJohnson

  9. Squad number16Player nameNoble

  10. Squad number20Player nameBowen

  11. Squad number22Player nameHaller

  1. Squad number7Player nameYarmolenko

  2. Squad number10Player nameLanzini

Brighton & Hove Albion

  1. Squad number26Player nameSánchez

  2. Squad number4Player nameWebster

  3. Squad number5Player nameDunk

  4. Squad number33Player nameBurn

  5. Squad number3Player nameWhite

  6. Squad number8Player nameBissouma

  7. Squad number14Player nameLallana

  8. Squad number20Player nameMarch

  9. Squad number11Player nameTrossard

  10. Squad number9Player nameMaupay

  11. Squad number18Player nameWelbeck

  1. Squad number13Player nameGroß

  2. Squad number16Player nameJahanbakhsh

  3. Squad number17Player nameAlzate

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West Ham

  • 1Fabianski
  • 4Balbuena
  • 21Ogbonna
  • 3Cresswell
  • 5Coufal
  • 28Soucek
  • 41Rice
  • 31Johnson
  • 16NobleSubstituted forLanziniat 45′minutes
  • 20BowenSubstituted forYarmolenkoat 45′minutes
  • 22Haller

Substitutes

  • 7Yarmolenko
  • 9Benrahma
  • 10Lanzini
  • 11Snodgrass
  • 15Dawson
  • 18Fornals
  • 23Diop
  • 24Fredericks
  • 35Randolph

Brighton

  • 26Sánchez
  • 4Webster
  • 5Dunk
  • 33Burn
  • 3White
  • 8Bissouma
  • 14LallanaSubstituted forAlzateat 45′minutes
  • 20March
  • 11Trossard
  • 9MaupaySubstituted forJahanbakhshat 90′minutes
  • 18WelbeckSubstituted forGroßat 83′minutes

Substitutes

  • 10Mac Allister
  • 13Groß
  • 16Jahanbakhsh
  • 17Alzate
  • 23Steele
  • 24Pröpper
  • 29Zeqiri
  • 30Bernardo
  • 34Veltman

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Stunning Reyna goal earns Dortmund draw at Frankfurt


A stunning strike from 18-year-old Giovanni Reyna gave Borussia Dortmund a 1-1 draw at Eintracht Frankfurt, who drew their fifth successive Bundesliga game on Saturday.


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FRANKFURT: A stunning strike from 18-year-old Giovanni Reyna on Saturday earned Borussia Dortmund a 1-1 draw at Eintracht Frankfurt, who drew their fifth successive Bundesliga game.

Daichi Kamada gave the hosts a ninth-minute lead but, despite missing leading scorer Erling Haaland with a hamstring injury, Dortmund took control after halftime and U.S. midfielder Reyna levelled with the second Bundesliga goal of his career.

Dortmund, who had not drawn in their previous 27 league games, are third with 19 points from 10 games ahead of the top-of-the-table clash between leaders Bayern Munich (22) and RB Leipzig (20) later on Saturday.

Eintracht, without a win in eight games in all competitions, are eighth with 13 points.

“In the end, we can be satisfied,” said Dortmund coach Lucien Favre.

“We always want to win but it wasn’t a good first-half performance. The second half was better, with more intensity and movement, we just needed that little bit more to win……I’m always okay with a point.”

The home side made an impressive start and had gone close on two occasions before Martin Hinteregger released Kamada and the Japanese forward controlled the ball with his first touch and beat goalkeeper Roman Buerki with a deft finish.

After Jadon Sancho twice went close for Dortmund, Frankfurt should have gone further ahead when the ball fell to Aymen Barkok but he fired wildly over the bar from close range.

Dortmund, who have scored 19 of their 22 league goals this season in the second period, brought on 16-year-old Youssoufa Moukoko at halftime and levelled within 11 minutes of the restart.

Reyna collected Sancho’s pass, skipped past Hinteregger’s challenge and fired an unstoppable shot between Kevin Trapp and his near post.

Moukoko, making his third Bundesliga appearance, saw another effort saved by Trapp although both teams ran out of steam towards the end.

“We have seen two very different halves,” Eintracht coach Adi Huetter said. “The first half was our best half of the season and we should have been more than 1-0 ahead.

“After the break, we were always under pressure although Dortmund did not have as many clear opportunities either. I think that 1:1 is ultimately okay.”

(Writing by Brian Homewood; Editing by Ken Ferris and Ed Osmond)



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Melbourne mum earns praise for candid post admitting kids are ‘a**holes’


A Melbourne mummy blogger has earned praise after penning a candid post that said her kids are “a**holes” — sometimes.

Laura Mazza, 33, regularly shares the reality of parenting on Instagram, and shared an open letter to mums fearful of being judged for not loving their kids every single minute.

The mum-of-three, who blogs under Mum On The Run, admitted sometimes she can’t be bothered to cook dinner or read her kids a bedtime story.

In her raw and honest post, she pointed out this doesn’t make her – or any other woman – a bad mother, and parents should be honest about their feelings without being judged.

“I just want you to know that if you are my friend, you can say ‘my kids were a**holes today’ without one look of judgement from me,” she wrote on Instagram.

“You should feel free to be able to say ‘I want to run away today.’ Without any pearl clutching.”

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“I know I complain a lot about parenting, and that is because raising children [is] the hardest most physically and emotionally impossible thing I’ve ever done,” she continued.

“Every day is a new uncharted water. I broke up fights today, got frustrated today, raised my voice today, cried, consoled crying, felt guilty, felt happy, felt loved, gave love. All in less than 24 hours.

“It’s hard. It’s hard for all of us. We wonder if we are f******g it up all the time. So why not just be honest about it?”

Laura, also shared relatable thoughts about her kids, Luca, six, Sofia, four, and two-year-old James..

“Why not have the freedom to say ‘I just cannot be f****d with dinner tonight’ and the thought of reading with my kids makes me want to gouge my eyes out,” she asked.

“I want you to know that with me, you can say that and I’ll never think you don’t love your kids or you’re unappreciative.

“Screw all the perfectionist attitudes, and the “oh my children are blessings 24/7” grateful optimism. It doesn’t mean we don’t love our children, it doesn’t mean we aren’t grateful – but we are allowed to vent.

“Because you know what’s even harder than raising children? Pretending it’s not hard.”

The post – which was shared online on Thursday – has clearly struck a cord with other mothers, with many commending her candid honesty.

“Girl!!!! I feel this post 100% I have two teenage girls and most days I want to convince myself that alcohol IS a vitamin!!!!” one wrote.

“Yes exactly my thought today too! It’s nice to know I’m not alone in this,” another added.

While another said it was “so important to feel like we can share honesty”.

In January, Laura admitted she allows her kids to play with iPads and copped some major criticism.

“‘I would never give a child an iPad, that’s just lazy parenting in my opinion,’ (she said) quietly, albeit loud enough so I could hear,” one critic said, which caused Laura to respond, later sharing the interaction online.

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Wolves 1-1 Southampton: Theo Walcott’s first goal since rejoining Saints earns draw


Theo Walcott’s opener was his first league goal for Southampton since scoring in a 1-0 victory over Luton Town 14 years and 347 days ago

Theo Walcott said he “feels like a kid again” after scoring his first goal since rejoining Southampton in their Premier League draw at Wolves.

Walcott, 31, returned to Saints on a season-long loan from Everton in October after leaving the club for Arsenal as a 16-year-old in 2006.

And he put Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side ahead in the 58th minute at Molineux on Monday, turning in Che Adams’ cross.

However, it was not enough to earn a victory that would have moved Saints to third in the table because Pedro Neto levelled with 15 minutes left, following up after Raul Jiminez’s shot had come back off the post.

Southampton are still fifth, though, and Walcott is keen to help them “achieve things this season”.

“I will do a job whatever. I feel like the manager has the trust in me,” he said.

“I do not [remember my last Saints league goal]. The smile on my face says it all. The club are close to my heart.

“I feel like a kid again – I feel very fit. It means a lot to play at the highest level for so long. I just love playing football.”

Walcott and Southampton, who are now unbeaten in their past seven matches, may have enjoyed an even more memorable evening had the forward converted a glorious opportunity to make it 2-0.

But a draw was no more than Wolves – who move up three places to ninth – deserved for a much-improved attacking display in the closing stages.

Walcott takes centre stage

With top scorer Danny Ings out with a knee injury, the burden of replacing his goals at Southampton has fallen upon Adams and Walcott.

There are signs that Walcott, whose first taste of senior football came as a 16-year-old against Wolves, is starting to relish being back on familiar ground.

Excellent in Southampton’s last outing – a 2-0 win over Newcastle – he took centre stage at Molineux. He had already threatened to score from Stuart Armstrong’s clever pass, before he reacted quickly to turn in Adams’ driven cross and put his side in front.

It was his first goal for the club since scoring in the FA Cup on 7 January 2006 – before he left for Arsenal – and his celebration appeared to be a mixture of elation and relief.

However, his emotions were also on display when he appeared angry with himself for failing to make the score 2-0 from Adams’ fine pass.

With only goalkeeper Rui Patricio to beat he seemed to be put off by a chasing defender and screwed his shot wide.

Wolves frustrate despite comeback

With captain Conor Coady’s ever-present run of 84 Premier League games coming to an end – the defender is in isolation after coming into contact with someone with Covid-19 – Wolves deployed an unfamiliar flat back four.

The centre-back partnership of Max Kilman and Willy Boly provided Nuno Espirito Santo’s side with a relatively solid base as the visitors initially controlled proceedings.

They were also well shielded by Ruben Neves and Leander Dendoncker, the former making the most clearances (four) and the latter covering the most ground of any home player (11.12km).

But for all those admirable qualities, there was a distinct lack of incisiveness to their attacking play until they fell behind.

While Southampton goalkeeper Alex McCarthy did well to save parry Nelson Semedo’s long-range effort and Dendoncker’s follow-up attempt early on, he was largely untroubled until the hosts had to respond to falling behind.

Jimenez, who had been isolated and had the lowest number of touches of any outfield home player to start the game, slowly became more involved.

And it was his stinging drive that led to the equaliser, while goalscorer Neto and Daniel Podence all carved out good openings in the second period.

The biggest frustration for Nuno and Wolves fans is likely to be that their charge came too late.

‘The way he works for the team is amazing’ – what they said

Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhuttl to BBC Sport: “We had chances, they had chances. We had a chance for 2-0. When you score it’s tough for them to come back.

“They are a really good side with quality. It’s tough to defend for 90 minutes – you cannot play without giving them chances. I’m proud of the team. That was one of our most intense performances of the season.”

On Theo Walcott: “It was a good first goal for him. He’s a little unhappy he didn’t make the second one and that he couldn’t be the match-winner. The way he works for the team is amazing. As a number 10 or a striker you can trust him.

“He’s an experienced guy who comes back to the club where he grew up. It means something for him. Maybe that’s why he invests so much. You know you have to do that in our team.”

Wolves boss Nuno to BBC Sport: “It was a good game. Both teams played with high tempo.

“They have very good players and a very good manager. We matched them. We finished the game on the front foot. I’m very proud of the reaction to the goal.”

On whether there was a foul in the build-up to Southampton’s goal: “I think so. After that it was about reacting to that incident, trying to get our mind off the referee’s decision and focus on the game. The boys did that. It was a strong reaction. We finished the game well, creating chances. Let’s go again.”

On fans coming back: “We all wish it was tomorrow. We have enormous desire to have the fans back. It’s all about them. Let’s try our best to bring them back.”

Saints extend unbeaten run – the stats

  • Wolves have lost just one of their past seven home Premier League games.
  • Southampton are unbeaten in seven league games, last going longer without defeat in the competition in November 2013.
  • Since the start of last season, Wolves have failed to score in the first half of 34 Premier League games, more than any other side.
  • Wolves striker Jimenez made his 85th consecutive appearance in the Premier League, the joint-longest current run in the competition (level with Leicester keeper Kasper Schmeichel).
  • Adams has been directly involved in six goals in his past seven league games for Southampton (three goals, three assists), as many goal involvements as he managed in his 32 appearances before that for Saints.
  • Two of Neto’s five Premier League goals for Wolves have come against Southampton, while only Sylvan Ebanks-Blake and Steven Fletcher (five each) have netted more goals as a substitute for the club in the competition than the Portuguese (two).

What’s next?

Wolves travel to Arsenal for their next Premier League game on Sunday, 29 November (19:15 GMT), while Southampton host Manchester United earlier on the same day (14:00).

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  1. Squad number7Player namePedro Neto

  2. Squad number28Player nameJoão Moutinho

  3. Squad number11Player nameRui Patrício

  4. Squad number49Player nameKilman

  5. Squad number37Player nameTraoré

  6. Squad number15Player nameBoly

  7. Squad number9Player nameJiménez

  8. Squad number32Player nameDendoncker

  9. Squad number22Player nameNélson Semedo

  10. Squad number10Player nameDaniel Podence

  11. Squad number8Player nameRúben Neves

  12. Squad number3Player nameAït-Nouri

  13. Squad number20Player nameVitinha

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Wolves

  • 11Rui Patrício
  • 22Nélson Semedo
  • 49Kilman
  • 15Boly
  • 3Aït-Nouri
  • 32Dendoncker
  • 8NevesBooked at 44minsSubstituted forNetoat 70′minutes
  • 28João Moutinho
  • 37TraoréBooked at 45mins
  • 9Jiménez
  • 10Castelo PodenceSubstituted forMachado Ferreiraat 85′minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Hoever
  • 5Marçal de Oliveira
  • 7Neto
  • 17Soares Silva
  • 20Machado Ferreira
  • 21Ruddy
  • 54Otasowie

Southampton

  • 1McCarthy
  • 2Walker-Peters
  • 35Bednarek
  • 4Vestergaard
  • 3Bertrand
  • 17ArmstrongSubstituted forDialloat 90′minutes
  • 8Ward-Prowse
  • 6Romeu
  • 12DjenepoSubstituted forLongat 79′minutes
  • 32Walcott
  • 10Adams

Substitutes

  • 5Stephens
  • 7Long
  • 14Obafemi
  • 23Tella
  • 27Diallo
  • 40N’Lundulu
  • 44Forster

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Robbie McEwen’s superb cycling career earns him Queensland hall of fame status


Robbie McEwen AM always strove to “get better” during his stellar cycling career. And if he couldn’t do that, he was satisfied that his hard work ensured he wasn’t getting any worse.

One of six 2020 inductees into the Queensland Sport Hall of Fame, McEwen is one of just eight riders to win the Tour de France green jersey – awarded to the race’s best sprinter – more than twice and the only one of the eight from the southern hemisphere.

“There’s a lot of people with talent, but I think the key is determination and perseverance because you get knocked down a lot, you lose more than you win, and it’s about being able to come back from any setbacks and keep moving forward,” Brisbane-born, Gold Coast-based McEwen said.

“It’s about never stopping learning about your own sport and never stop trying to improve on every little aspect of it.

“That was what I always tried to do – just always try to keep getting better.

“You’re obviously not going to always keep getting better, but if you’re trying to, you can at least stay where you are.

“There’s that old cliche … it’s one thing getting to the top, it’s even harder staying there.”

In cycling’s most famous race, McEwen “stayed there”, riding the TDF 12 times for 12 individual stage wins and green jersey triumphs in 2002, 2004 and 2006.

“If I had to pick one performance as a highlight it would be winning in the green jersey on the Champs-Élysées in Paris, my first green jersey,” he said.

“For a sprinter, that’s the holy grail.

“It’s one thing getting to Paris, but winning on the Champs-Élysées and getting it in the green jersey, for me, it couldn’t get any bigger or better than that.

“That’s one I’m super proud of. That was the ultimate. I had some big moments after that, but that’s the one that tops the rest.”

Other achievements the BMX champion-turned-road cyclist accomplished included a 2002 world championship road race silver medal and representing Australia at the 1996, 2000 and 2004 Olympics.

“During your sporting career you’re not thinking of things like hall of fames, but post career, eight-and-a-half years after retiring, it’s a really huge honour to be inducted into the Queensland sporting hall of fame,” said McEwen, already in the Sport Australia and Cycling Australia hall of fames.

“This really nice recognition of my career and also for everyone else that’s been involved in my career and helped get me to where I got in this sport.”

Now 48, McEwen remains involved with the sport by organising a mass participation recreational ride on the Gold Coast and training juniors.

Among his messages to young riders is to have fun and never give up.

“It’s so easy to get down and get discouraged, but just back yourself and keep working hard,” McEwen said.

The other 2020 Queensland Sport Hall of Fame inductees are Roy Fowler (Paralympics), Barry Dancer (hockey), Pam O’Neill (horse racing), Dick Marks (rugby union) and Brooke Wilkins (softball).

Fowler, a professional boxer at 14, a drover during the Great Depression, a gunner in the Australian Army and a professional wrestler, was 42 in 1963 when he suffered a brain haemorrhage that left him a quadriplegic.

But a year later, he won three Paralympic gold medals in swimming and a silver in archery.

Overall, Fowler won 10 Paralympic medals, including three more gold medals – in lawn bowls.

He won more than 100 medals in national and international competition before his death in 2002, aged 82.

Ipswich product Dancer coached the Kookaburras, Australia’s men’s hockey team, to their first Olympic gold medal in 2004, two Commonwealth Games gold medals, two Champions Trophy triumphs and Olympic bronze in 2008.

O’Neill had racing in her blood but had to wait until she was 34 to be granted a jockey’s licence in May, 1979 after a long struggle for women to be accepted as hoops.

In her maiden meet against men, she produced a winning treble – a world record

for any first-time jockey.

Marks played 51 matches for the Wallabies, captained them in 1967 and was also Queensland’s skipper in the 1960s.

He was appointed inaugural national coaching director in 1974 and remained in the role until 1995.

Pitcher Wilkins represented Australia 197 times and, from 1994 to 2004, played at three world championships and three Olympic Games for a haul of two silver and three bronze medals.

Wilkins was inducted into softball’s international hall of fame in 2013.



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Hawkins earns two-year AFL deal at Cats


Geelong forward Tom Hawkins has the chance to reach the magical 300-game AFL milestone after inking a two-year contract extension.

This year, Hawkins became the first Cat since Gary Ablett Snr in 1995 to win the Coleman medal, booting 42 goals during the 17-game regular season.

The 32-year-old, who debuted for the Cats in 2007 and has since racked up 277 games, has booted 603 goals – the third most in club history.

He led the AFL in both goals and goal assists in 2020, en route to his first Coleman medal and third All-Australian selection.

Only four other players in Geelong’s history have made it to 300 games and Hawkins is on track to become the fifth.

“Tom’s form line is ascending and we believe he will continue to improve as a player,” Geelong’s general manager of football Simon Lloyd said.

“Tom is a team-first player who looks to bring his teammates into the game and create opportunities for others as well as himself.

“He is a leader both on and off the field and cares deeply about his teammates and all at the club.”

Hawkins helped the Cats win premierships in 2009 and 2011, and won the club’s best and fairest award in 2012.

His father, Jack, played 182 games with Geelong. His grandfather Fred Le Deux played 18 matches while his uncles Michael (two games) and Robb (three games) also featured for Geelong.





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Scott Sio earns first start of season as Australia coach Dave Rennie rewards All Blacks-crushing backs


If Argentina hand the Wallabies their second loss of the Tri Nations campaign, the Pumas will have one hand on the trophy. But an Australia win – followed by a bounce back from the All Blacks on Saturday week – will set up a tournament decider at Bankwest Stadium on December 5.

With the stakes high, Rennie has not made a single change to his starting back line.

James O’Connor’s latest injury setback means Reece Hodge will retain the No.10 jersey.

The Rebels star will continue to build his partnership with Nic White in the halves.

Scott Sio will start for the Wallabies on Saturday.

Scott Sio will start for the Wallabies on Saturday.Credit:Stu Walmsley/Rugby Australia

Young guns Hunter Paisami and Jordan Petaia have been given another opportunity to build on their centre combination.

The Pumas clash will be Paisami’s second senior game – at club, Super Rugby or Test level – lining up at inside-centre. The first came last Saturday against the All Blacks.

After the thrilling win, Paisami hopes he’s found a home in the position.

“It’s actually fun. I was just saying to Jordy [Petaia] I think I like it more than 13,” Paisami told the Herald.

“You don’t have to run as many hard lines. You can ball play a bit more and save your body a bit more at 12. But I enjoyed it.

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“I played 12 when I was young, at school, but I never even played it at [Queensland Premier rugby club] Wests. I was always 13 at Wests.”

While he may be inexperienced at the critical playmaking position, Paisami has enjoyed having the ball in his hands more often.

“I can get more early ball and I like playing flat as well,” he said. “Receiving those quick balls off Rabs, Hodgey or Noah at 10, I enjoy that.”

Rennie has since asked Paisami to work on his decision-making and communication skills, which are key to any inside-centre’s game.

“I hardly talk,” he said. “Even during team meetings or units or on the field.

“For me to improve and to grow my game, I have to get out of my comfort zone and chat more. I reckon I’ve improved through the weeks I’ve been at 12, but I reckon I still have a lot to learn.”

Tom Wright’s stellar debut has seen him keep his spot on the wing alongside Marika Koroibete and Tom Banks in the back three.

Rennie will reveal the remainder of his side on Thursday afternoon.

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Scott Sio earns first start of season as Australia coach Dave Rennie rewards All Blacks-crushing backs


If Argentina hand the Wallabies their second loss of the Tri Nations campaign, the Pumas will have one hand on the trophy. But an Australia win – followed by a bounce back from the All Blacks on Saturday week – will set up a tournament decider at Bankwest Stadium on December 5.

With the stakes high, Rennie has not made a single change to his starting back line.

James O’Connor’s latest injury setback means Reece Hodge will retain the No.10 jersey.

The Rebels star will continue to build his partnership with Nic White in the halves.

Scott Sio will start for the Wallabies on Saturday.Credit:Stu Walmsley/Rugby Australia

Young guns Hunter Paisami and Jordan Petaia have been given another opportunity to build on their centre combination.

The Pumas clash will be Paisami’s second senior game – at club, Super Rugby or Test level – lining up at inside-centre. The first came last Saturday against the All Blacks.

After the thrilling win, Paisami hopes he’s found a home in the position.

“It’s actually fun. I was just saying to Jordy [Petaia] I think I like it more than 13,” Paisami told the Herald.

“You don’t have to run as many hard lines. You can ball play a bit more and save your body a bit more at 12. But I enjoyed it.

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“I played 12 when I was young, at school, but I never even played it at [Queensland Premier rugby club] Wests. I was always 13 at Wests.”

While he may be inexperienced at the critical playmaking position, Paisami has enjoyed having the ball in his hands more often.

“I can get more early ball and I like playing flat as well,” he said. “Receiving those quick balls off Rabs, Hodgey or Noah at 10, I enjoy that.”

Rennie has since asked Paisami to work on his decision-making and communication skills, which are key to any inside-centre’s game.

“I hardly talk,” he said. “Even during team meetings or units or on the field.

“For me to improve and to grow my game, I have to get out of my comfort zone and chat more. I reckon I’ve improved through the weeks I’ve been at 12, but I reckon I still have a lot to learn.”

Tom Wright’s stellar debut has seen him keep his spot on the wing alongside Marika Koroibete and Tom Banks in the back three.

Rennie will reveal the remainder of his side on Thursday afternoon.

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Stroll earns shock pole at the Turkish GP


Canadian Lance Stroll celebrated a stunning first career pole position for Racing Point at the Turkish Formula One grand prix to end Mercedes’ season-long stranglehold on qualifying.

Stroll was the first Canadian on pole since 1997 world champion Jacques Villeneuve.

Red Bull’s Max Verstappen will join Stroll on the front row with Racing Point’s Mexican Sergio Perez third after a rain-interrupted qualifying session on a slippery Istanbul Park track.

Daniel Ricciardo only just scraped into the third and last of the qualifying sessions but ended up finishing fifth in his Renault as he seeks to consolidate his overall fourth position in the drivers’ championship.

Six-time world champion Lewis Hamilton could only qualify in a surprisingly lowly sixth position for a race that could seal his seventh title, while Mercedes teammate and sole title rival Valtteri Bottas was ninth.



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