Justin Harrison-Austin Healey feud re-ignites 20 years on from fiery British & Irish Lions tour


But it was a newspaper column on the eve of the deciding third Test in Sydney, won 29-23 by Australia, that really made Healey public enemy No.1.

“Spin this, you Aussies: up yours,” Healey wrote for the Guardian. “Is that enough to get into the Sydney Morning Sun Telegraph Herald Load of Shite?

Harrison and Healey go toe-to-toe during a Lions and Australia A match

Harrison and Healey go toe-to-toe during a Lions and Australia A matchCredit:Steve Christo

“Justin Harrison’s in the team to face us. Me and the plank. Do you think one of us will have the final say? I’ll say so.”

In his maiden Test, Harrison pulled off a lineout steal in Australian territory the dying stages when the Lions threatened to score in what was the defining moment of his 34-Test international career. Healey was injured for the final fixture.

In a column for the Telegraph this week, Healey put forward his version of events from the Australia A game.

“[Harrison] knee-dropped one of our players when playing for Australia ‘A’, so I caught him with a little jab in the face, nobody saw it, and he lost the plot, chasing me over to the sidelines,” Healey wrote. “I looked at the ref and said, ‘He’s lost it, you’ve got to send him off,’ which made Harrison even angrier.”

Wallabies second-rower Justin Harrison gestures to British and Irish Lions back Austin Healey during a match in 2001.

Wallabies second-rower Justin Harrison gestures to British and Irish Lions back Austin Healey during a match in 2001. Credit:Getty

Contacted by the Herald, Harrison could not believe Healey had accused him of kneeing a player in the back. Whilst not wanting to turn the comments into a slanging match, Harrison was eager to set the record straight.

“It was a kick through in play,” Harrison said. “[Wallaby Graeme] Bond ran back and dove on it. I was running back onside to try and get around and secure possession. I saw Healey slide in with his knees into Bondy’s back, so I grabbed him straight away.

“And he said he gave me one on the chin that nobody saw? Of course no one saw it, because it didn’t happen. I grabbed him and started remonstrating with him and the referee. I took him over to the sideline and he’s changed the story to be exactly the opposite.”

Harrison accused Healey of stretching the truth.

“He says that I slid in with my knees when he scored the match-equalling try against the Brumbies and he’s blaming me for injuring him for the third Test?” Harrison said.

“He’s got an inventive, envious streak going through him where he mentions me. It’s like a Mr Men character, where he can’t tell the truth. I think because he has a fear of losing relevance. Let it go champ, you were on QF2 flying home to London at kick-off.”

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As Healey put it in a newspaper column 20 years ago following Australia’s series win: “My mate Justin had a bit of a game, didn’t he? Of course, he had the freedom of the park without me there to irritate him. Well played, Justin. Wow, that didn’t hurt too much.”

Harrison finds it amusing that Healey has tried to be amicable when the pair have bumped into each other in recent years.

“He’s cordial and will shake my hand when I see him,” Harrison said. “When he writes that sort of stuff, it’s not great. “I had a chat with Graeme Bond and he enjoyed the bedtime story too.”

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An 18-wheeler collided with a train in Milam County, Texas, on Tuesday morning, February 23, causing several fuel tank cars to catch fire, reports said. Milam County Sheriff Chris White shared video from the scene, showing black smoke billowing from the fiery crash in Cameron. Sheriff White wrote on Facebook that the fire was “primarily petroleum,” and that there were no reports of chemical hazards. Officials told local media that both the driver of the truck and the conductor of the train were uninjured. Residents were advised to avoid the area, which was being attended by “numerous” emergency vehicles, White said. Credit: Sheriff Chris White via Storyful

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Australian Test captain Tim Paine hints at fiery Sydney Test after India rumblings over quarantine, fourth Test location


“We want to follow the same rules as every Australian citizen. So, if crowds weren’t allowed inside the ground, then it makes sense for them to ask us to quarantine inside the hotel.”

While CA has not been formally notified of any concerns from India, the Australians have got on with business but clearly the latest rumblings have hit a nerve.

Tim Paine and Ajinkya Rahane after the second Test in Melbourne.

Tim Paine and Ajinkya Rahane after the second Test in Melbourne. Credit:AP

The tension could be a source of sledging on the field, with Paine admitting an “unusually tame” series could spring to life with both sides having won a Test apiece with two remaining.

“I think it’s boiling away,” Paine said. “There’s some stuff starting to happen, there’s a bit of chat starting to happen. I think this Test is going to be fascinating, not just from a cricket point of view, but also I think there has been tension starting to boil over the surface with a lot of unnamed sources coming out from their camp saying where they want to play the fourth Test and where they don’t want to go.

“I think it’s starting to grind a few people. We’ll see how it goes.”

Paine was then asked whether there had been frustration in the Australian camp that India potentially might not want to travel to Brisbane.

Coach Justin Langer and captain Tim Paine at the SCG.

Coach Justin Langer and captain Tim Paine at the SCG. Credit:Getty Images

“I wouldn’t say frustration,” Paine said. “I’d just say a bit of uncertainty because when you hear things like that coming – particularly from India, who we know hold a lot of power in world cricket – it’s likely it could happen.

“We’re not buying into where the Test is being played. As far as we’re aware, it is at the Gabba, but as I said in the team meeting the other day, we couldn’t care less. If you rang us up and said it’s in Mumbai tomorrow, we’d get on a plane and play it. That’s the way we are looking at it.

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“It’s been unusually tame the start of this series and I think it’s because both teams are just happy to be back playing Test cricket. There has been such a big break and there is a lot of respect between the two teams, there’s no doubt about that, but it’s very competitive sides.”

The hosts need to avoid a loss at the SCG to remain alive in the series, having crashed back to earth in Melbourne following their superb showing in Adelaide.

Paine was in charge two years ago when Australia lost their first Test series on home soil to India and is acutely aware of the magnitude of this Test.

“Absolutely it’s disappointing that we lost that last series, regardless of the team we had,” Paine said. “This Test is the most important Test we’ve played in a long time and that’s the way we’re treating it.

“The series is up for grabs still and we want to win it. We won convincingly in Adelaide but apart from an hour of magical bowling from our quicks, we were pretty ordinary in that Test as well. We know we need to improve.”

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F1 2020: Romain Grosjean talks in depth about fiery crash at Bahrain Grand Prix, video, latest news


Romain Grosjean says he “saw death coming” in a fiery crash at the Bahrain Grand Prix while describing his escape as a “rebirth” that will mark his life forever.

Grosjean said that he should be leaving hospital on Wednesday after being treated for the burns he sustained to his hands while jumping out of his blazing Haas car following a collision with Daniil Kvyat on the first lap of Sunday’s race.

“I’m leaving the hospital normally tomorrow. I’m getting better and better, obviously a few parts are a bit painful but it’s OK,” Grosjean said in a video posted on Twitter.

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“After what happened I guess the pain is not too bad. I’m happy to be alive and talk to you.” Grosjean, 34, was stuck in his car for nearly half a minute before getting out alive, largely thanks to the integrity of his car’s survival cell, his ‘halo’ device.



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Campaign aide for Sen. Kelly Loeffler, 20, dies in fiery three-car crash


A 20-year-old campaign staffer for Georgia Sen. Kelly Loeffler has died in a fiery, multi-car crash on Friday. 

Harrison Deal, a young aide for Loeffler and former intern for GOP Sen. David Perdue, died Friday morning after a three-vehicle car wreck along Interstate 16. 

WBTV reports that three vehicles caught fire during the crash at 10am, and three people were treated for minor injuries at the scene.

The incident happened near the city of Pooler, just outside of Savannah, where Vice President Mike Pence campaigned with Loeffler and Perdue that afternoon.

Harrison Deal (right), a 20-year-old campaign staffer for Sen. Kelly Loeffler, died on Friday morning in a car crash

It's unclear if Deal (pictured) was performing campaign duties at the time of the car crash near Pooler, Georgia

It’s unclear if Deal (pictured) was performing campaign duties at the time of the car crash near Pooler, Georgia 

Pictured: At least one of the cars involved in Friday's crash

Pictured: At least one of the cars involved in Friday’s crash

Pictured: Emergency workers run to the crash site where a car was on fire

Pictured: Emergency workers run to the crash site where a car was on fire

Pictured: Emergency workers at the scene of the crash where Deal died, and three others were injured

Pictured: Emergency workers at the scene of the crash where Deal died, and three others were injured

It’s unclear if Deal, from Bulloch County, had been performing campaign duties at the time. The cause of the crash is under investigation. 

Photos shared by WJCL showed the mangled vehicles.  

Loeffler canceled plans to join Pence at the rally ahead of the contentious Georgia Senate race as a result of the tragedy. 

Loeffler, Perdue and Gov. Brian Kemp, who was also close with the young aide, all paid tribute to Deal.. 

‘It is with an extremely heavy heart that we mourn the loss of Harrison Deal. My heart aches for his family, and Jeff and I will continue to surround them in love and prayer in the days ahead. Harrison was a beloved member of our campaign team,’ Loeffler wrote on Twitter. 

‘More importantly, Harrison was a smart, bright, loving, loyal and outstanding young man. Harrison embodied the very best of this campaign – and the very best of our state.’

Sen. Loeffler shared a touching tribute to Deal on Friday morning after news of the car crash spread

Sen. Loeffler shared a touching tribute to Deal on Friday morning after news of the car crash spread 

Loeffler: 'More importantly, Harrison was a smart, bright, loving, loyal and outstanding young man. Harrison embodied the very best of this campaign - and the very best of our state'

Loeffler: ‘More importantly, Harrison was a smart, bright, loving, loyal and outstanding young man. Harrison embodied the very best of this campaign – and the very best of our state’

Sen. David Perdue also shared his condolences on Twitter after the car crash

Sen. David Perdue also shared his condolences on Twitter after the car crash

Perdue revealed that he and his wife, Bonnie, were ‘devastated’ by the news.

‘Harrison was a smart, kind young man with a bright future ahead of him, and he is gone too soon,’ he wrote.

 ‘We are praying for his parents, Curt and Jenni Deal, and his sisters, Hannah and Halli. I ask the people of Georgia to join us in keeping the entire Deal family in their hearts on this terrible day.’

Gov. Kemp issued an official statement after news of Deal’s death spread, sharing a Christmas photo his family and the aide.

‘Today, we lost a member of our ‘Kemp Strong’ family and words cannot express how much Harrison Deal’s life, love, and support meant to us,’ wrote the Kemp family.

‘He was a person of deep faith, unmatched integrity, and incredible kindness. Harrison was the Kemp son and brother we never had. Our prayers are with the Deal Family – and countless others – as they mourn the tragic loss of Harrison.

‘He brought people together and made everyone feel important and special.’ 

This photo shows Kemp and his family and Deal (third from right) with his dauighter, Lucy Kemp (second from right), and Deal's family

This photo shows Kemp and his family and Deal (third from right) with his dauighter, Lucy Kemp (second from right), and Deal’s family

Deal: 'Mr. Brian is first off a dad and a husband to one of my favorite families. I will always be willing to fight for each one of them' Pictured: Harrison Deal and Gov. Brian Kemp

Deal: ‘Mr. Brian is first off a dad and a husband to one of my favorite families. I will always be willing to fight for each one of them’ Pictured: Harrison Deal and Gov. Brian Kemp

Just three days before his death, Deal shared a photo of him and Kemp to Facebook where he lauded the governor.

‘I will never be ashamed of this man. To have known him personally for the past two years, I can assure you the information currently being spread about him is completely false. He is the furthest thing from a corrupt man,’ wrote Deal.

‘He will always stand up for what’s right and what’s in the best interest for the people of Georgia.

‘Mr. Brian is first off a dad and a husband to one of my favorite families. I will always be willing to fight for each one of them.’

Harrison appeared close with the Kemp family. He was pictured with Georgia First Lady Marty Kemp and her two daughters, Amy and Lucy, supporting Loeffler for Senate in a July photo. 

Deal (top left) was pictured with Georgia First Lady Marty Kemp and her two daughters, Amy and Lucy, supporting Loeffler for Senate in a July photo.

Deal (top left) was pictured with Georgia First Lady Marty Kemp and her two daughters, Amy and Lucy, supporting Loeffler for Senate in a July photo.

Deal was set to graduate from University of Georgia in 2022.

His unexpected death comes as Loeffler and Perdue prepare for a January 4 runoff race against Democratic candidates Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff, respectively.

The election’s outcome will decide whether the Democrats or Republicans will control the Senate next year. 

Republicans currently hold 50 seats in January, but if Loeffler and Perdue lose the Senate will divided 50-50. In that case, Vice President-elect Kamala Harris will make a tie breaker.

Pictured: Sen. David Perdue

Pictured: Sen. Kelly Loeffler

Loeffler and Perdue prepare for a January 4 runoff race against Democratic candidates Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff, respectivley.

Trump has tweeted in support of Perdue and Loeffler, but has spent more energy falsely suggesting that Kemp and Raffensperger have the legal authority to reverse President-elect Joe Biden’s victory in Georgia. State law gives them no such option.

On Friday, Trump’s campaign filed lawsuit in Georgia that called for a new statewide presidential election and furthered allegations of voter fraud. 

Initial returns showed Biden with a lead of more than 14,000 votes out of about 5 million cast. An initial hand recount put Biden’s margin at about 12,500. As Pence arrived in the state, Georgia officials were in the final stages of a third count requested by Trump’s campaign.

That leaves Republicans in Washington and Georgia concerned that Trump will use a Saturday rally in Valdosta, Georgia, to air his own grievances and conspiracies rather than stoke GOP enthusiasm about the runoffs.

Pictured: 'U.S. President Donald Trump responds to a question from a reporter after a medal ceremony in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, U.S. December 3'

Pictured: ‘U.S. President Donald Trump responds to a question from a reporter after a medal ceremony in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, U.S. December 3’

‘They are hyper aware of Trump’s latest comments and latest tweets and the negative impact it could be having,’ said Republican donor Dan Eberhart of the senators’ advisers. ‘And those folks go to bed every night hoping there’s no Trump tweet while they sleep.’

White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany dismissed such concerns but embraced the idea that Trump can make or break the runoffs for Republicans.

‘The president’s presence in Georgia will push Sens. Loeffler and Perdue over the finish line,’ she said Friday, crediting the president with Republican turnout that narrowed House Democrats’ majority and delivered victories for several vulnerable Senate Republicans.



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Romain Grosjean walks away from fiery F1 crash in Bahrain in opening lap, bringing halt to grand prix


Haas F1 driver Romain Grosjean has incredibly walked away from a fiery crash at the Bahrain Grand Prix with just minor burns to his hands and ankles.

In the opening lap of the race, with Canadian driver Lance Stroll in front of him crashing out into gravel, Grosjean veered right in the congestion, clipping a Daniil Kvyat’s front wheel before veering sharply into the barrier in an explosion of flame and fuel.

The force and angle at which Grosjean hit the metal barrier cut his car in half, sending the back half of the car flying off while the front half, with Grosjean inside, got wedged in the barrier.

The driver was in the burning cockpit for several seconds before finally getting free. Grosjean was escorted to an ambulance and appeared to be limping. He was taken to hospital with suspected broken ribs.

Flames seen from the crash scene after Haas’ Romain Grosjean crashed out at the start of the race.(Reuters: Kamran Jebreili)

“[Grosjean] is doing OK,” Haas team principal Guenther Steiner told Sky Sports.

“He’s seems to be OK and the rescue was very quick. The marshals and FIA did a great job. It was very scary.

“We were lucky by being unlucky. He got away with it, I think.

“It looked like he went across the track with the front wheel and went full speed in the barrier. But I’ve only seen what you guys have seen.”

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The crash prompted a long red-flag delay to the race as crews worked frantically to clear the mess of debris and repair the barrier.

An FIA spokesman said the impact of Grosjean’s crash was measured at 53G.

With drivers sitting in the garage contemplating Grosjean’s near miss, reigning champion Lewis Hamilton said on Twitter it was a reminder that drivers put their lives on the line every time they go out on the F1 track.

“I’m so grateful Romain is safe. Wow … the risk we take is no joke, for those of you out there that forget that we put our life on the line for this sport and for what we love to do,” he said.

“Thankful to the FIA for the massive strides we’ve taken for Romain to walk away from that safely.”

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Motorcyclist dies after fiery head-on crash


A motorcyclist has died after a head-on crash with a four-wheel drive that sparked a grass fire on the Gold Coast.

Police were called to Pimpama-Jacobs Well Road at Norwell about 4.45pm on Sunday when the crash occurred.

Both vehicles ignited on collision because of the impact, causing a grass fire.

Emergency services attended the scene and the blaze was brought under control.

The motorcyclist, a 54-year-old man from Pimpama, died at the scene.

The 49-year-old male driver of the four-wheel-drive did not sustain serious injury.

The forensic crash unit is investigating.



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Ben Cousins stalking trial: ex-partner in fiery testimony about drugs, money


The ex-partner of fallen AFL champion Ben Cousins says she has no animosity towards him despite living in fear at times, and has claimed during her heated testimony that she feels like the one on trial.

Cousins, who has been behind bars in WA’s Hakea Prison since his bail bid was rejected in April, is on trial in Armadale Magistrates Court charged with aggravated stalking and multiple counts of breaching a violence restraining order between April 2 and 15.

The former West Coast Eagles captain was in a relationship with Maylea Tinecheff from 2008 to 2013 and they share two children, aged seven and nine.

During fiery cross-examination on Thursday, Ms Tinecheff was grilled by Melbourne-based QC Julie Condon, with the magistrate repeatedly interjecting to keep the testimony on track.

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“I’m not on trial here,” Ms Tinecheff said.



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Piers Morgan rants in fiery spat with guest over JK Rowling’s cross-dressing killer


Good Morning Britain host Piers Morgan engaged in a fiery debate on Wednesday’s show over JK Rowling’s new book and the controversy over a cross-dressing character.

JK’s new unreleased book, Troubled Blood, features a male killer who dresses as a woman in order to disguise himself and kill, which many have deemed offensive and transphobic.

Social media users called to boycott the book, with #RIPJKRowling trending on Twitter.

Journalist Benjamin Butterworth joined Piers and Susanna Reid, George Galloway and trans activist Rose of Dawn in a row over whether the book was offensive or not to trans people.

Piers said fictional killers should come in any form

Piers told Benjamin there was no transphobia in the book, quoting a review that said: ‘Tranvestisim barely features, and when it does, nothing is made of the fact that the killer wears a wig and a woman’s coat, not a dress, as a disguise when approaching one of his victims”.

Benjamin said the character contributed to “whipping up hatred and fear” of trans people, who are rarely represented in art.

“JK Rowling has been tweeting derogatory comments about trans people for some months now, some years,” he said.

Benjamin said the book “whipped up hatred” for trans people

“A lot of people, myself included, are incredibly worried about how this smears trans people.”

Piers argued that to “cancel” JK Rowling, who he added he did not actually like as a person, was taking away her free speech.

Benjamin replied: “JK Rowling has not been cancelled, the myth of cancel culture is not alive and well, that’s the only thing that’s dead today.”

Piers said the book was not transphobic and that it was “complete nonsense” to suggest so

Piers said to criticise the character is “complete load of nonsense”, and claimed it upheld inequality to only allow fictional killers to be straight white men.

Bejamin replied: “The point is, that when people know so little about trans people, when they are so rarely covered in books like this, the only supposed representation of transgender people is that they are a killer who dresses as a woman in order to kill is the problem.”

George Galloway argued that you cannot ban art, and brought up the example of Norman Bates in Psycho, who he said no one ever noticed was a cross-dresser.

Shouty Piers cut off the interview after a long rant about Benjamin being intolerant, and then began singing and playing air guitar.

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