The mysterious ‘coach whisperer’ the Roosters don’t want you to know about

He worked with Michael Maguire at Souths in 2014 when they won the premiership. Stubbs was so confident about the Bunnies winning throughout that season he made a pact with Maguire mid-season that if they didn’t win the premiership he would cut off his pinkie finger, just to get Maguire to believe in him. Maguire made the pledge, too. He then started working with Graham Arnold at Sydney FC and they ended up losing three matches in two years as

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Brumbies set to re-sign Ryan Lonergan as Matt Lucas links with Suntory

Isaiah Latu, Len Ikitau, Ryan Lonergan, Tom Ross and Mack Hansen were part of the Australian under-20s squad. Photo: Elesa Kurtz The Brumbies are also expected to finalise a deal to lure Irae Simone to Canberra after the inside back was released by the NSW Waratahs when their Super Rugby season ended last weekend. Coach Dan McKellar will keep the core of his squad together for next year, allowing him to promote juniors to help usher them into a Super

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Robertson says Crusaders will be taking it easy before home final

None of this is foreign territory for Robertson, whose appointment as a replacement for Todd Blackadder before the 2017 season has proved an unqualified success. Under their new coach the Crusaders lost just one game in the regular season last year and beat the Lions 25-17 in the final in Johannesburg. After consecutive away defeats to the Hurricanes and Highlanders in the fourth and fifth rounds earlier this season, the Crusaders have won 14 straight and have never lost in

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Kangaroos, Lions to build rivalry but New York Test all but dead

The Kangaroos will tour the United Kingdom just a year out from the next World Cup but are unlikely to venture to New York for a historic Test against Tonga as soaring costs threaten to stall rugby league’s latest push into the United States. The Rugby League International Federation stood firm in the face of the NRL’s bold proposed international calendar, forging ahead with back-to-back Lions and Kangaroos tours in 2019 and 2020 respectively in the lead-up to the 2021

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The Jack Bird conundrum facing the Broncos

Yet his time at the Broncos has lurched from one issue to the next. He arrived carrying injuries that curtailed his pre-season, then his performance. In a brutally honest interview in April, Bird said he had lost his confidence and wasn’t sure of his place in the side after being moved from five-eighth to centre. The 23-year-old would make only eight appearances for Brisbane before undergoing surgery for a sternum complaint. It continues to give him grief; he was back

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Neymar finally admits to World Cup acting

Loading Since Brazil’s elimination, Neymar only spoke about the defeat in Russia via Instagram. In the ad he tried to explain why he did not speak right after the Belgium game, which fostered even more criticism of his behaviour at home. “When I leave without giving interviews it is not because I only want the victory laurels. It is because I still haven’t learned to disappoint you. When I look impolite, it is not because I am a spoiled kid.

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World Cup 2018: A Young and Swaggering England Defeats Sweden

In 1996, to commemorate England hosting the European Championship, the comedians David Baddiel and Frank Skinner joined the swirly pop band the Lightning Seeds to record “Three Lions (Football’s Coming Home).” The song was a testament to just how easy it was, in the mid-nineties, to make a rousing, sing-along Britpop anthem. Baddiel and Skinner crooned with a kind of droopy pride about football, which is generally believed to have originated in England in the eighth century, finally “coming home.”

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With awkwardness aside, Tour champ saves his biggest thanks for Froome

As his wife Sara looked on smiling, Thomas spoke of how he “got into cycling because of this race. I remember running home from school to watch it. The dream was always just to be a part of it. “Now I am here in the yellow jersey it’s just insane. It’s a dream come true. Massive respect to Tom as well and all my rivals. It’s just a dream. Loading “I just want to say a final thanks to the

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The Noble Art of Cage Fighting: Stipe Miocic vs. Daniel Cormier

Saturday night’s U.F.C. fight, between Stipe Miocic and Daniel Cormier, was advertised with a two-word slogan: “THE SUPERFIGHT.” This is a designation with a particular history. To some older fight fans, the term may evoke “The Super Fight,” the 1970 pseudo-documentary that told the story of a purely hypothetical fight between Muhammad Ali and Rocky Marciano. But, in the U.F.C., the term has generally applied to a less fantastical phenomenon: a fight between two champions from different weight divisions. Even

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Geraint Thomas wins Team Sky’s sixth Tour de France in seven years

Norway’s Alexander Kristoff (UAE Team Emirates) won the final sprint at the end of the 116-kilometre stage from Houilles to the Champs-Elysees, a largely ceremonial route during which Thomas enjoyed the now traditional glass of Champagne before heading to the finishing line in a bunch sprint. Froome’s failure to beat Thomas also proved how difficult it is to complete a Giro-Tour double, with Marco Pantani being the last man to achieve the feat in 1998 during the doping-tainted era. Thomas,

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