WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND – SEPTEMBER 23: Drew Mitchell of the Wallabies is driven over the line by teammate Anthony Fainga’a to score his team’s fifth try during match 23 of the IRB 2011 Rugby World Cup between Australia and the USA at Wellington Regional Stadium on September 23, 2011 in Wellington, New Zealand. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images) Drew Mitchell scores his team’s fifth try against USA, he made the World Cup despite being badly injured in AprilThe Rugby World Cup 2011 official YouTube channel will be releasing daily videos to give you the chance to be part of the experience no matter where you are in the world. It allows you to follow the progress of the tournament, plus look at other things to do while in New Zealand.In today’s RWC Daily we have reaction from Australia’s victory against USA as well as preview New Zealand’s match against France with former All Black Christian Cullen as well as Dan Carter and Israel Dagg. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS 22 September | 21 September | 20 September | 19 September | 18 September
Press Association Stoke boss Mark Hughes is convinced goalkeeper Jack Butland has what it takes to reach the top despite shipping him off on loan to Sky Bet Championship strugglers Barnsley. “We picked ourselves up and performed well at Tranmere too. We are improving and the lads are playing in a confident manner. We will get better though, there is no doubt about that. “This is a big fixture for us. We have had a very difficult start to the season, so to have the points that we have on the board already is pleasing. Three more on Sunday would ensure a very good start for us.” Hughes has a doubt over Matthew Etherington who suffered whiplash in a traffic incident on Friday morning, but he is confident the midfielder will recover in time to line up on Sunday. Butland has failed to figure at the Britannia Stadium this season and Hughes believes the 20-year-old’s development will be better served by a three-month spell of guaranteed first-team action. Hughes said: “It was always our intention to get Jack Butland out on loan. “It was vitally important to get him out to allow him to continue his development. He is an outstanding young talent and someone we have incredibly high hopes for. “We will keep a close eye on him and he will come here on certain days to maintain the work he has been doing with us. “It is a good move for him and he will learn a lot from it. He has the potential to be the next England keeper.” Asmir Begovic will keep his place in goal for Sunday’s Barclays Premier League clash with Norwich with Hughes giving short shrift to Spanish media reports that he is wanted by Atletico Madrid and Napoli. Hughes added: “It doesn’t surprise me to see Asmir Begovic’s name linked with other clubs because he is an outstanding goalkeeper. I don’t know how much of it is just speculation though.” Hughes was delighted with the way his side bounced back from last week’s disappointing defeat at Arsenal with a midweek Capital One Cup win at Tranmere. And he believes victory over the struggling Canaries will constitute a fine start to the season for his side who were widely tipped to struggle this season following the departure of Tony Pulis. Hughes added: “We played very well against Arsenal. To go there and perform to the level we did was very encouraging for us.
Jamaica’s double Olympic champion Elaine Thompson says there is a need for more development track meets for young athletes in Jamaica.Crucial for future of young athletesSpeaking after her victory in 60-metre event at the recently held Queens/Grace Jackson Meet at the National Stadium, Thompson stressed the point that such development meets are crucial for the future of these young athletes.“The Queens/Grace Jackson meet is very special for our athletes. It’s a starter and we don’t have a lot of development meets in Jamaica,” said Thompson who retained her title as the 60-metres champion, with a time of 7.18 seconds. The annual “Boys’ and Girls’ Champs is early this year, so coming out to this meet is also a great start for our young athletes.”Held on Saturday, January 27, the Queens/Grace Jackson Meet saw impressive performances from high school athletes from across the island and athletes from the MVP and Racers Track clubs. It is one of the first major track meets on the 2018 JAAA calendar.Need more investment in track and field“There is need for more investment in track and field and we definitely want to see more opportunities for our athletes to gain competitive experience in a relaxed environment,” said Nathan Nelms, assistant brand manager for Stouts and Malta at Red Stripe, sponsors of the Queens/Grace Jackson meet. “As a corporate sponsor of several track events, we try to make the meets enticing for athletes on the amateur and professional circuits with creative prizes. It is hoped that more companies will support track and field meets in this way so that Jamaica can continue its legacy of excellence in the sport.”Malta will also sponsor the Digicel Grand Prix, Youngster Goldsmith Meet, Jamalco Meet, Camperdown Classics, Western Champs, Gibson Relays and the G C Foster Classics this year.