Leek Alleer leaps higher than Nic Nat and into draft reckoning

SANFL coach Paul Thomas says mature-age prospect Leek Alleer will develop “exponentially” in the AFL system if he is taken in the upcoming draft. Alleer, who fled war-torn South Sudan with his mother and sister when he was six, has skyrocketed into second-round calculations after an eye-catching campaign for Central District as an intercept-marking defender. The 20-year-old’s freakish athleticism was on display on Saturday, when he broke the running vertical jump record with ease in South Australia’s combine. Alleer recorded […]

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McCall will be 'amazed' if Saracens trio aren't in England squad

Bath 17-71 Saracens: Mark McCall will be ‘amazed’ if Billy Vunipola, Mako Vunipola and Jamie George aren’t back in the England squad after impressing in 10-try thrashing Mark McCall will be shocked if Saracens trio aren’t recalled to England squad  Billy Vunipola, Mako Vunipola and Jamie George helped Saracens beat Bath  Saracens scored ten tries at The Rec in front of England coach Eddie Jones Saracens boss Mark McCall said he would be ‘amazed’ if Billy Vunipola, Mako Vunipola and […]

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Former England star Steve Ojomoh is revelling on the rise of his son

Meet the Ojomohs! Former England star Steve is in awe of Bath’s brave new generation and he is revelling in his son Max’s rise: ‘You don’t have 30 guys with beer bellies now!’ Steve Ojomoh is back in good health after suffering a stroke back in 2018 In his playing days, Steve represented England 12 times including a World Cup His son Max, 21, currently plays for Bath in the Premiership and Steve enjoys it Sportsmail got both together to talk […]

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Five-flag Hawk backs teammate in challenge to Kennett board

Hawthorn’s 1991 premiership player Andy Gowers has formally nominated to stand for the Hawthorn board against president Jeff Kennett’s incumbent and chosen ally, with the support of ex-captain and club great Gary Ayres. Gowers was proposed as a board member by dual Norm Smith medallist and five-time premiership player Ayres, a teammate in the 1991 premiership, and will stand in what could be a rare contested election for the Hawks. Ayres confirmed on Friday that he had nominated Gowers, as […]

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Police investigating alleged pub incident involving Bulldogs star

Western Bulldogs star Bailey Smith is under investigation by police over an incident at a popular Gold Coast venue. Police have confirmed to The Age a formal complaint was lodged by a 22-year-old man about an incident outside the Burleigh Pavilion in the early hours of October 4, that being the same weekend as the NRL grand final. Bailey Smith.Credit:AFL Photos “Police have received a complaint in relation to an incident involving a 22-year-old man at Goodwin Terrace around 12.10am […]

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Maro Itoje ‘champing at the bit’ for Saracens return, Mark McCall reveals

Maro Itoje will make his return on Sunday Saracens star Maro Itoje is “champing at the bit” ahead of returning to Gallagher Premiership action this weekend, according to director of rugby Mark McCall. England lock Itoje is available for Sunday’s trip to Bath following a 10-week rest period having played every minute of the British and Irish Lions’ three summer Tests against South Africa. Barring the injured Elliot Daly, the influential 26-year-old – who has been assisting team preparation in […]

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Bobby Hill left in limbo after Giants refuse to trade him to Bombers

The AFL trade period ended in limbo for contracted players seeking trades for the fourth year running, as Bobby Hill’s last-minute attempt to move from the Giants to Essendon fell over after the Giants failed to find another small forward to fill the void his departure would have created. With Toby Greene suspended for the opening five rounds of 2022 and Brent Daniels absent through injury for much of 2021, the Giants decided they could not afford to part with […]

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Eddie Jones can select unjabbed England stars for upcoming Tests

Eddie Jones CAN select unjabbed England stars for upcoming Tests against Tonga, Australia and South Africa – after a minority resisted calls by the RFU and Premiership clubs to be vaccinated against Covid RFU set 85 per cent vaccination target for clubs and urged players to have jabs Some are reluctant but that will not stop them from being picked by England The RFU believe that a rigorous testing regime will safeguard fixtures Covid vaccination will not be compulsory for […]

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Munster confirm Rugby World Cup-winner RG Snyman re-ruptured ACL in Scarlets win

United Rugby Championship leaders Munster have suffered a huge setback after confirming RG Snyman has re-ruptured the anterior cruciate ligament that previously sidelined him for a year. The South Africa lock came on as a second-half substitute in Sunday's 43-13 win away to the Scarlets but lasted less than 10 minutes before hitting the turf in agony. Snyman, 26, was limping and looked bereft as he left the pitch at Parc y Scarlets, while head coach Johann van Graan gave […]

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Wingard says no to Giants

Hawthorn star Chad Wingard has shut down any chance of him leaving Waverly Park to join Greater Western Sydney in the final days of the trade period. The Giants made initial inquiries following a week in which Hawthorn all but declared that senior stars including Tom Mitchell, Jaeger O’Meara, Jack Gunston and Wingard were available for the right price. Chad Wingard.Credit:Getty Images The league’s newest franchise club was willing to part ways with pick 13 in exchange for Wingard, if […]

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