NRL 2021: Elijah Taylor fake video, agent scammed Kiwi international out of $350,000, news, updates


Former Wests Tigers star Elijah Taylor has spoken out over a fake video which claimed to show him threatening to stab a former agent who scammed him out of hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Taylor recently won a court battle in New Zealand in which Ian Miles, who managed his affairs for four years, was ordered to pay $484,824 in damages

Miles, however, declared bankruptcy meaning Taylor is unlikely to ever see a cent of the $350,000 he fleeced from his client.

A video then surfaced on YouTube this week which purported to show the 30-year-old confronting Miles over the missing money in the back seat of a car.

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‘Give me a good reason why I shouldn’t bash the f*** out of ya,” the man on the video, asks.

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Kiwi international Taylor signs SL deal


Salford have signed New Zealand forward Elijah Taylor on a two-year contract.

The 30-year-old was most recently co-captain at Wests Tigers and has made close to 200 NRL appearances.

Taylor will have familiar faces among his teammates in Tui Lolohea, Sebastine Ikahihifo and Krisnan Inu – with the latter extending his stay at the club on Christmas Day.

Red Devils head coach Richard Marshall said: “Elijah has the quality to have a massive impact on this team with his actions on and off the field.

“He already has a good relationship with Tui from their time at Wests Tigers and I’m looking forward to seeing them play together in Salford shirts.

“I also think Elijah’s experience on the world stage will make him a great influence on the rest of our pack, and in particular our younger players.”





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Kiwi fast bowler Adam Milne will debut for Sydney Thunder


A 153km/h thunderbolt is the bar New Zealand quick Adam Milne set early in his career and he knows the expectation is to unleash fire every time he bowls.

The Kiwi will make his Big Bash debut for the Sydney Thunder against the Perth Scorchers on Tuesday night in Canberra, recovered from a chronic ankle injury which has kept him out of international cricket since 2018.

Milne, who has played 40 ODIs and 21 T20s for the Black Caps, last rolled his arm over in a match for Kent during the T20 Blast in England.

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But having watched Thunder’s opening two games, a win and a loss as he recovered from a hamstring injury, he’s ready to unleash his best and given his history knows the expectation is to bowl fast.

“There is a little bit (of expectation) especially when you are a bit young it becomes a bit of your calling card and people want you to bowl fast all the time,” Milne said.

“I am getting used to it sometimes just not being that express pace all the time. I’d love it to be. But there’s always the thrill and excitement of being able to bowl that fast.”

Milne broke through the 150km/h barrier against the West Indies way back in 2014.

It was the fastest delivery recorded by a Kiwi since his mentor, and Thunder coach, Shane Bond, hit 156.4km/h at the 2003 World Cup.

Milne, now 28, said Bond had been and remained a huge influence during a relationship that has extended beyond a decade.

“Shane has been huge for me,” Milne said.

“To grow up watching him and then playing and having him around all the time, someone who knows my game, my skills and what I need to do them my best is massive.”

Bond said the Thunder had taken a conservative approach as Milne also recovered from a hamstring injury.

“But I think it was the right one. We’re excited to unleash him; he’ll add an extra dimension to our attack. He’s bowling fast and has really good skills, I’m really excited to see him around,” he said.

Bond said Milne would also be driven to succeed by the goal of forcing his way into New Zealand’s next T20 World Cup team.

“It was part of the reason why he came over,” he said.

“He’s in serious contention for the World Cup … you don’t get players who bowl his pace or have his skills – plus he has a very good T20 career.”

Pace won’t be in short supply in Canberra with Scorchers quick Jhye Richardson continuing his comeback from dual shoulder injuries.

Richardson, who can also hit the 150km/h mark, has taken three wickets in his two games since recovering from the operations which cost him a spot at last year’s World Cup.



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O’Connor has a Kiwi itch but Wallabies looking to lock star down for 2023


After finishing up his Wallabies duties last weekend, O’Connor is on leave but the Reds expect O’Connor will return for duty in January ahead of the Super Rugby AU season which kicks off the following month.

“James is contracted through to the end of 2021 and is a big part of Dave Rennie’s plans for the 2023 Rugby World Cup,” a Rugby Australia spokesman said.

The Queensland Reds have put all their chips in the James O'Connor basket.

The Queensland Reds have put all their chips in the James O’Connor basket.Credit:Getty

O’Connor’s manager David Shand did not return calls.

A source with knowledge of the situation said neither Rugby Australia nor Queensland would agree to any request for O’Connor for a release from the last year of his current contract.

The report about a possible move by O’Connor to New Zealand came just days after a similar report emerged in the French press saying Toulouse were keen to get the ex-Toulon player back to Europe.

Sources told the Herald O’Connor’s camp has not spoken with Toulouse but have held very preliminary discussions with the Chiefs about a possible transfer to Warren Gatland’s team in 2022, not next season.

James O'Connor after Australia's win over the All Blacks in Perth in 2019.

James O’Connor after Australia’s win over the All Blacks in Perth in 2019.Credit:Stu Walmsley/Rugby AU Media

O’Connor’s parents are both from New Zealand and he has spoken to friends and teammates in the past about harbouring a desire to play for a Kiwi team one day.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, the contract chatter has heated up at a time when Rugby Australia and O’Connor are engaging in talks about a new deal that would take the 55-cap utility back through to the 2023 Rugby World Cup.

O’Connor signed a 30-month deal with Rugby Australia and Queensland in July last year after gaining a release from the Sale Sharks to pursue an ambition of playing at the 2019 Rugby World Cup.

Sources with knowledge of the deal – which was significantly boosted by Rugby Australia top-up money – say it was relatively strong, given O’Connor’s history of off-field problems and after several years playing in Europe.

O’Connor returned triumphantly for the Wallabies last year, starring in the record win over New Zealand in Perth, and then in the World Cup.

This year, O’Connor has emerged as the first-choice No.10 for Rennie and with the departure of many other senior Wallabies, the former problem child has become a trusted, senior leader in the side.

Sources say it is this swift rise to prominence in the Wallabies system that is motivating O’Connor’s camp to seek an upgraded salary, commensurate to his importance to Rennie and the Wallabies’ plans.

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Rennie and O’Connor have grown close this year and it is understood Rugby Australia and O’Connor’s agent have already started talking about upgrading his deal, although no offer has been tabled.

Senior officials believe it is unlikely O’Connor would seek to scratch his New Zealand itch in 2022, for two reasons.

The first is O’Connor would likely have to give up on any involvement in the 2023 Rugby World Cup in France, given Rennie’s stated preference to not use the Giteau Law and instead pick players who are playing.

The second is O’Connor would probably only earn about 30 to 40 per cent of his potential topped-up salary with Rugby Australia and the Reds were he to jump ship to the Chiefs.

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there’s a marble, a head and some Kiwi kids


Poet Carl Sandburg described slang as “a language that rolls up its sleeves, spits on its hands and goes to work”. And in pre-Federation Australia, slang was doing some serious yakka, forging a new glossary for the colony.

Crocodile Dundee did much to help the understanding of Australian slang around the world.Credit:Getty

Yakka in fact first appeared round then, as did dinkum and Woop Woop. Yet the letter to bear the greatest load was B, where a bloody big boom burst. Back then excellence, or excellent examples, were not just bonzer, but bonster, boshter and bosker. Should the speaker wish to add a flourish, they could try bontodger, bontosher and bontozzler, as well as the Italianate brio of bonzerino.

James Lambert, a word detective, and editor of Macquarie Australian Slang Dictionary (2004), had never encountered such a vernacular cluster. “Clearly, there was some deep-seated expressive power in these words that appealed to Australians of the era,” he wrote. Plosive and effusive all in one. But if bonzer was the detonator, where did bonzer come from?

For years, the prime suspect was bonanza, a Mexican-Spanish word that rode its gold-laden burro into Texas around 1842. Romantically the root was Latin’s bonus, or good, like a bonzer bloke or a bonzerina sheila. Timing felt right, the rootstock, the excellence. But James Lambert needed more evidence.



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Bledisloe Cup Rugby 2020: Wallabies vs All Blacks, Eden Park, predictions, TV blunder, Kiwi fans, New Zealand


Rugby fans were left frustrated on Sunday night by a “thoughtless” mistake fans slammed as “not good enough”.

Prime TV screened a free full replay of the All Blacks 16-16 draw with the Wallabies at 9:30pm- five and a half hours after the live Sky Sport broadcast.

But as fans got ready to watch the game, not knowing the result, a Prime News update reported the full-time score.

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Rugby: Kiwi Rennie says no regrets at Wallabies switch


WELLINGTON: Dave Rennie said on Friday (Oct 9) he had no regrets about becoming Wallabies coach and plotting the downfall of his native New Zealand.

Rennie was named in the Wallabies’ role last November after turning down a late invitation to apply for the vacant All Blacks job, eventually filled by Ian Foster.

Almost a year later, he will take charge of his first Test match when the Wallabies face the All Blacks in the opening Bledisloe Cup match on Sunday in Wellington, Rennie’s hometown.

“Obviously I’m a Wellington boy, so to play the first Test in Wellington, there’s a bit of irony there,” he told reporters.

“Look, I’m really comfortable with the decision I’ve made. I’m loving working with this group.”

Rennie, who has won club rugby titles in both the southern and northern hemispheres, said he was looking forward to finally coaching at Test level.

“We’re all excited, I’m going to have all my family there, that’s going to make it pretty special,” he said.

The Test on Sunday will also be Foster’s first in charge but Rennie played down any personal rivalry between the pair.

“I know Fozzie pretty well but in the end it’s not really about us, it’s about the team and that’s been my focus,” he said.

“No doubt we’ll catch up and have a beer in Auckland.”

Foster, who was promoted from within the All Blacks’ coaching structure after serving as Steve Hansen’s assistant, said he was familiar with the Test environment.

“It doesn’t feel brand new for me. I feel like I’ve walked this journey for the last eight years a little bit,” he said.

“I know it’s in a different role but a Test match is a Test match. I love my past role and this one’s obviously different and a bit more resting on the shoulders but I always felt accountable, so nothing’s changed from that side.”



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Dollar falls, Kiwi left behind as riskier currencies gain



FILE PHOTO: U.S. dollars and other world currencies lie in a charity receptacle at Pearson international airport in Toronto, Ontario, Canada June 13, 2018. REUTERS/Chris Helgren

August 24, 2020

LONDON (Reuters) – The dollar fell in early London trading on Monday, riskier currencies gained and European markets opened higher, with some analysts attributing the pick up in sentiment to U.S. regulators approving a treatment for COVID-19 patients.

More than 800,000 people around the world have died from the coronavirus, with the death toll in the United States alone surpassing 170,000. On Sunday the country granted “emergency use authorization” for treatment using the blood plasma of patients who have recovered from the disease.

Asian shares strengthened overnight and European indexes opened higher. Riskier currencies such as the Norwegian crown and the British pound also rose versus the dollar.

The dollar was little changed overnight but fell as markets opened in Europe, down around 0.1% at 93.105 by 0704 GMT <=USD>.

However, Marshall Gittler, head of investment research at BDSwiss Group, warned clients to beware a false “risk-on” mood and questioned whether the authorisation represented a real treatment breakthrough or was timed to boost President Donald Trump on the eve of the Republican National Convention.

The Australian dollar was up 0.3% versus the greenback at 0.71785 , little affected by the country’s treasury saying that effective unemployment will climb above 13%.

The euro was up around 0.1% versus the dollar, at $1.18075 . Last week, the dollar outperformed the euro for the first time since mid-June, as U.S. business activity improved while European business surveys showed the economic recovery faltering.

In France, the health minister on Saturday ruled out a total lockdown but said localised measures could be taken. The country posted a new record high in daily post-lockdown infections on Sunday.

Italy also said it was not considering a new lockdown despite a rising number of infections.

Lee Hardman, currency analyst at MUFG said that the new growth in COVID-19 infections “threatens to undermine the current elevated level of bullish euro sentiment and positioning.”

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern on Monday extended a coronavirus lockdown in Auckland, the country’s largest city, until the end of the week and introduced mandatory mask wearing on public transport across the nation.

The Kiwi dollar did not strengthen along with other risk currencies, but was down 0.1% against the dollar, at 0.6532 .

“The inevitable economic backlash is likely fuelling speculation that the RBNZ (Reserve Bank of New Zealand) will step in with more cuts soon, something which has been a key driver of NZD recent underperformance,” ING strategists wrote to clients.

They noted the market is also grappling with geopolitical concerns, with the protests in Belarus posing the risk of direct intervention by Russia.

Elsewhere, China’s foreign ministry said it would file a lawsuit against the Trump administration over its ban on Bytedance, the Chinese owners of messaging app WeChat and video-sharing app TikTok.

(Reporting by Elizabeth Howcroft; Editing by Kirsten Donovan)





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