28 September 2007When South Africa takes to the field in their final Rugby World Cup Pool A match against the United States in Montpellier on Sunday, Jake White will reach the 50-match milestone as Springbok coach, the first man to achieve the feat.A victory over the Americans would lift White’s winning percentage to 64 percent, third among coaches since South Africa rejoined world rugby in 1992. Difficult startWhen the former Jeppe schoolmaster took over the reins of the Springbok side, it was at a low point in the team’s fortunes; they had exited the 2003 World Cup at the quarterfinals’ stage, beaten 29-9 by New Zealand, and the Boks’ image was under the spotlight after the controversial Kamp Staaldraad became public knowledge.White, though, was eager to take on the challenge of one of the toughest coaching jobs in South Africa, assuming a position that had claimed a fair number of victims, as coaches left the post before their contracts were up.One of his first messages to the players was that they were going to win the World Cup in 2007. Now, four years on, and after nearly having lost his job at the end of 2006, White is in charge of a confident team, one that many experts believe is the only side capable of challenging New Zealand for World Cup glory.Outstanding performancesWith the quarterfinals approaching, two matches stand out as outstanding performances at the 2007 World Cup: the All Blacks’ 76-14 humbling of Italy, and, arguably more impressive, the Springboks’ 36-0 whitewash of defending champions England.The Kiwis, in their win, showed a fantastic cutting edge, while South Africa, in their victory, exhibited powerful, controlled, and focused form.The lightly-regarded Americans, winless so far, and facing what is close to a full strength Bok line-up, aren’t expected to cause White’s men many problems. The coach has his team in the exact position he wants them to be in, and a win will likely mean a match against Wales in the last eight.PlayoffsShould South Africa beat the Welsh – and they have previously lost only once to Wales – they will tackle either France or Argentina in the semi-finals.The French have provided the Springboks with some tough matches in the past, but the Pumas have never beaten them, although the South American Jaguars, comprised most of Argentinian players, once beat the Boks 21-12 in Bloemfontein in 1982, with the legendary Hugo Porta scoring all his team’s points.Sunday’s match will be only the third between South Africa and the USA. In the two previous encounters, SA won 38-7 in 1981 and 43-20 in 2001, both times on American soil.Team selectionCoach White and his fellow selectors have opted for a lineup that closely mirrors the one that overpowered England.There is one change in the backline, with Akona Ndungane getting his first run of the tournament after overcoming a chest injury. He replaces JP Pietersen, who moves to the bench.Up front, Schalk Burger returns to action, having served his two-match ban for a dangerous tackle against Samoa. He, however, won’t be in action in his regular position on the flank. Instead, he will pack down at number-eight.Juan Smith, his regular partner at flank, will join forces with the industrious Wikus van Heerden.Albert van den BergIn a somewhat surprising move, White has opted to break up the Blue Bulls’ dominating second row, selecting Victor Matfield, but partnering him with Albert van den Berg and not Bakkies Botha.Van den Berg, who made his Springbok debut way back in 1999 against New Zealand, will win his 50th Springbok cap.Os du Randt, when he takes on the Eagles, will have played against more countries than any other Springbok; it will be the 18th nation he faces, breaking a tie with Joost van der Westhuizen.First-choice teamIn the Boks’ last outing, a 30-25 victory over Tonga, it became clear that there is a distinct difference between the first-choice lineup and the second-choice team, especially when one remembers the struggles of a similar selection against Irish side Connacht, a match that SA won only 18-0.The bench, boasting an incredible 311 caps, helped quell the Tongan bid to upset the hierarchy of world rugby, and all the players who served as substitutes in that match will start on Sunday. In total, there are 586 caps among the starters and 185 among the reserves.Starting FifteenPercy Montgomery, Akona Ndungane, Jaque Fourie, Francois Steyn, Bryan Habana, Butch James Fourie du Preez, Schalk Burger, Juan Smith, Wikus van Heerden, Victor Matfield, Albert van den Berg, BJ Botha, John Smit (c), and Os du RandtBenchBismarck du Plessis, CJ van der Linde, Bakkies Botha, Bob Skinstad, Ruan Pienaar, Andre Pretorius, and JP Pietersen Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo material
Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting ClikBall is a handsome looking new application built in part by Jesse Andrews, the man responsible for Greasemonkey script repository Userscripts.org. Described literally, ClikBall is a browser plug-in that allows you to share links and messages with friends, groups, privately, on Twitter and on FriendFeed. The service is in Private Beta, but Userscripts visitors were just welcomed in and the Andrews says ReadWriteWeb readers can join (and follow me) via this link.That description above doesn’t really do the service justice – it’s the user experience that makes ClikBall stand out. There’s something magical about the grace of the app, and there’s clearly a premium put on sharing links that lots of other people will want to click on and share. All your friends’ shared links, comments and your own searchable archive hide down in your browser’s status bar. Unless you change the app’s settings, new links shared by your friends appear along with their user icon down in the same space. With a click you can expand the thread of shared items, as well.There’s lots of nice little touches here – like the most popular items among your circle of friends, apart from the most universally popular links. The application also installs a custom search engine into your browser, which augments the regular google results with items that you’ve shared on Clikball. I’m going to try using this to share my links on Twitter for a little while, instead of doing it through Tweetdeck. There are a few things I’d like to see changed, of course. I’d like to be able to set sharing to Twitter as automatic and I’d like to have a choice in URL shorteners used, at least when posting to Twitter, as I have a strong preference for using the semantic and API friendly Bit.ly. I’d also really like some data export options and there doesn’t appear to be any right now. This app could use some more visual elements to it, too. Enjoysthin.gs (our review) could be a good inspiration, and ClikBall for it, too. One might ask, what’s the difference between this and Pierre Omidyar’s Ginx, which I gave a scathing review last week. I think there’s something about the way that ClikBall seems to integrate with my existing workflow, and uses AJAX in some nice ways, that makes it much more pleasing to use. And, to be frank, ClikBall was built by the guy who made Userscripts.org – one of the best sites on the internet. That’s exciting. Credit is also due to Anthony Young, the co-founder of Flock and Ex-flock crew Geoffrey Arone & Raj Paul. Tags:#Messaging Services#Product Reviews#web Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… marshall kirkpatrick 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…
Agilence, Inc., the leading provider of cloud-based data analytics and reporting solutions for operations and loss prevention, today announced that Raoul Ricard has joined Agilence as Vice President of Strategy & Business Development. Ricard has over 25 years of experience in operations, asset protection, retail and food & beverage industries. In his new role with Agilence, Raoul will be responsible for leading the company’s expansion across verticals, developing strategic relationships and driving overall corporate strategy initiatives.“The relationships that Raoul has developed over his 25+ year career in asset protection and retail operations will improve all aspects of our business and we believe he will bring great value to our organization and our customers,” said Russ Hawkins, President & CEO, Agilence, Inc. “We are very happy to have him on board and look forward to his leadership as we continue to grow our business.”Raoul is a highly accomplished executive with extensive experience in data analytics, operations, retail, F&B, sales, and technology. Prior to joining Agilence, Raoul was the founder of XBR Loss Prevention Systems and was a pioneer in the exception reporting space. He oversaw its growth and leadership in the market for nearly 20 years.- Sponsor – “Agilence is clearly positioned to take the leadership role in data analytics and EBR with the 20/20 application,” said Ricard. “The fiber of the company and its leadership is intensely focused on EBR with a passion for service, streamlined delivery, product innovation and simplicity for users in asset protection, finance, operations and more. I am very eager to weave my experiences with this talented group of professionals as we grow our company and strong user base.” Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox. Sign up now
APTN National NewsJust days before a federal committee will table its report on violence against Aboriginal women, dozens of people stood on Parliament Hill to remember yet another woman who was brutally murdered.Friends and family of Loretta Saunders gathered to send politicians a message.APTN’s Maike Eikelmann reports.
Vanderbilt University announced Thursday that it was canceling its football program’s 2013 trip to Columbus to play Ohio State because of scheduling reasons. OSU athletic director Gene Smith didn’t approve of way Vanderbilt canceled the game – by letter – but he was promised an apology. David Williams, Vanderbilt’s vice chancellor for athletics and university affairs and athletic director, said he takes full responsibility for informing Smith of the cancelation in a letter and plans to apologize by text, phone call or email. “I apologize to (Smith) for that. I’m sorry that he’s disappointed. Gene’s a good friend and a good (athletic director) and I’m sorry it was handled that way,” Williams told The Lantern. “I take all of the blame for that.” With less than a year until the teams’ originally scheduled Aug. 31, 2013, meeting at the Horseshoe, Smith and the OSU athletic department must seek a new opponent for the opening game of its 2013 season. Vanderbilt was to receive $1.2 million for its visit to Ohio Stadium, but coach Urban Meyer’s first season in Columbus without a bowl ban will have to begin against a yet-to-be-determined opponent. In a statement provided to The Lantern earlier on Thursday, Smith said the communication between the two schools could have been better. “I am disappointed that we find ourselves in this position. I would have preferred a phone call from the administration at Vanderbilt,” Smith said in the statement. “Nevertheless, we will work diligently to find a replacement opponent for the 2013 season.” Williams explained that the decision to inform OSU through a letter was a matter of record keeping. “I do understand (Smith’s) disappointment and I apologize for that, but if you cancel something by phone, then you don’t have record for it,” Williams said. “It may just be my legal training that we cancel by paper. We make deals by letters and we cancel by letters. I understand his disappointment and it would have been nice if I talked more about it. “That’s on me. That’s my bad and I apologize for that.” Rod Williamson, Vanderbilt’s director for athletic communications, said the cancelation of the OSU-Vanderbilt fixture came about as a result of the need to accommodate the Southeastern Conference’s addition of Texas A&M and Missouri. Vanderbilt also canceled its 2013 home game against Northwestern. The cancellation of the OSU and Northwestern games were “casualties” of that process, Williamson said. OSU’s current home schedule for the 2013 season includes Florida A&M (9/7), Buffalo (9/14), Wisconsin (9/28), Iowa (10/19), Penn State (10/26) and Indiana (11/23). The Buckeyes are scheduled to continue play in the 2012 season Saturday against Purdue at the Horseshoe. Kickoff is scheduled for noon.
Manchester United midfielder, Paul Pogba has been under heavy criticism over recent months and was repeatedly left out of big games by his club coach Jose Mourinho.Amidst all the criticisms against Paul Pogba, former defender Frank Leboeuf says Pogba does not deserve a starting role for France at the World Cup in Russia this summer.He also believes it could be a similar story for the 25-year-old when Didier Deschamps comes to naming his starting line-up against Australia on June 16.With the French coach possessing a vast array of midfield options, Leboeuf claims he will be tempted to look elsewhere.‘He’s under lots of pressure and he’s been heavily criticised’, he told ESPN.‘I don’t think he’s going to start against the United States on Saturday and I’m not sure he’s going to start in the World Cup. [Corentin] Tolisso is above him on the left side. I think [Blaise] Matuidi is above him.’Report: Up to seven first team players out for United George Patchias – September 13, 2019 Manchester United have some serious injury problems with up to seven first-team players out.This Saturday, United have a Premier League clash with Leicester City….The former Chelsea defender believes Pogba puts too much pressure on himself in his pursuit of winning individual honours.‘I mean [he] has the talent, but we don’t see it for the national team for the past two or three years.‘Pogba talks about winning the Ballon d’Or and put himself in the situation where right now he cannot [back up] what he says.‘I think he’s a good guy and I think he has the talent, but he puts too much pressure on himself saying he wants to be the Ballon d’Or, that he was the key of the national team, that he wants to be the No 1. Just don’t say anything, just work hard.’France host the USA in their final warm-up match in Lyon this weekend before flying out to Russia.
Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri hails his team’s defensive organization in their 2-0 home win against Manchester City on Saturday.A few weeks ago, Tottenham exposed Chelsea’s shaky defense in an embarrassing 3-1 victory, but free-scoring Manchester City failed to score at Stamford Bridge on Saturday, much to the delight of Sarri.“The players are able to defend, of course, but they are not able to have the same level of application and level of determination in every match so we need to improve this,” Sarri told the club’s website.“We need to improve and we need to be able to play with the same levels as we did in this match in every other game.’Report: City are stunned by Norwich George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Manchester City was stunned by Norwich City in todays Premier League clash.Much has been made in recent days of the potential impact of Aymeric…“I can understand it is easier to have a strong motivation against Manchester City, but I know very well in Brighton there will be three points to play for, so we need the same levels of motivation and application – we need to improve in this.“I said before to play in the defensive line in some matches is easier, like in this match, because the defensive movements of the team were working very well.“Then there are matches, like against Tottenham, in which I think it is impossible to play in the defensive line because the defensive movements of the team were a disaster.”