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  • David Humphreys: Ireland lock Iain Henderson can be one of world’s best

    first_img Ireland ground to 16-9 victory over Italy at London’s Olympic Stadium last week, to secure their last-eight berth. If the beat France in Cardiff on Sunday, head coach Schmidt’s men will top Pool D, line up Argentina in the quarter-finals and avoid the All Blacks’ half of the draw. Humphreys backed Henderson to extend his fine tournament form, now he has become a serious rival to Devin Toner’s claims to partner captain Paul O’Connell at lock. “For some players they take time to take stock of how much they can achieve, but every step up a level for Iain he has performed at his very best,” said Humphreys. “I do think that every time he has met a challenge he has achieved it. “But now he’s got to find that belief in himself that he produces performances week in and week out and becomes a real leader, that’s the measure of a top player. “He’s got to be a leader for Ulster and Ireland, but it’s that ability to play at the very top level, whether he’s away with Ulster at Zebre, or for the British and Irish Lions away in New Zealand. “Once he understands that I have no doubt that he will be a star for Ireland for many years to come.” France have spent the week trying to unnerve Ireland’s linchpin fly-half Johnny Sexton, pledging to target him physically at the Millennium Stadium. The French have tried the same tactic despite losing their last two matches with Ireland, and Humphreys believes Sexton will remain unfazed amid the onslaught. “It will be water off a duck’s back for him,” said Humphreys. “There’s a lot of mind games, media battles, it’s part of the PR war that goes on. “Everybody understands how important Johnny Sexton is to Ireland, how important Johnny Sexton performing at his best is for Ireland. “And France, if they let Johnny play well Ireland will win the game. “So they’ll try every trick to upset him, but the player he is, the person that he is, I have no doubt he’ll be outstanding this weekend. “He knows a lot of these guys, the character he is, how competitive he is, none of that will change his mindset. “Ireland are playing their first mini knockout game of the tournament. “He’ll be well prepared and I’ve no doubt he’ll perform well.” Former Ireland fly-half Humphreys backed Ulster powerhouse lock Henderson to gain world superstar status now he has fought his way into Joe Schmidt’s starting line-up. Gloucester rugby director Humphreys brought Henderson through at Ulster, and hailed the 23-year-old’s World Cup impact as Ireland have secured their place in the quarter-finals. “Iain Henderson has the potential to be one of the best players in the world,” Humphreys told Press Association Sport. “I still remember the first day he turned up at Ulster training, the first day I met him. ” You certainly wouldn’t have identified him then at that point as someone who had that ability. “We knew the physical attributes he had, but there’s so much more to becoming a professional rugby player. “He’s one of those players who has come into the professional environment and has thrived. “He’s met every challenge, trains hard, prepares well and the one thing is, does he understand how good he can be? “I’m delighted to see the way he has progressed, his impact for Ireland over the last two weeks has made him one of the first names on the team-sheet now. “He has the potential to be one of the stand-out performers at this World Cup, particularly if Ireland are successful.” Iain Henderson will be one of the stars of the World Cup, according to his former Ulster boss David Humphreys. Press Associationlast_img read more

  • Ghanaian asylum seekers granted a year stay in Brazil

    first_imgThe over 200 Ghanaian supporters applied for asylum in Brazil under the reported pretext of a religious conflict in the West African state after Ghana’s first round exit from the World Cup.Ghana’s Sports Ministry is yet to get a response from the findings expected to be made through investigations to be carried out by the Ghanaian embassy in Brazil.But the asylum seekers have however been granted an initial one-year permit by Brazilian authorities to stay and work in their country.“We have received our papers and some of us have already started working. Some of us work in industries and others work in the construction sector.“Some have however left into neighboring Argentina, Ecuador and the likes. Others are also traveling by road to the USA”.“We didn’t tell Brazilian authorities that there was conflict in Ghana and for that they should grant us asylum,” one of the granted asylum seekers Hamidu Ahmed told Asempa FM. “Each and every one of us came here with his own reason which is definitely not a conflict situation.”last_img read more

  • Aaaron Ramsey: We will “finish“ the Job against B&H

    first_imgNational football player of Wales, Aaron Ramsey said on the eve of the very important qualification match against B&H that his national team will “finish“ the job and qualify for  the Euro 2016 in France.Wales is currently the first placed team in the Group B with 18 points, one more than Belgium which took the second place.On the other hand, B&H is on the fourth place and in following matches against Wales and Cyprus in October, it has to win six points if wants to keep chances for the third place and eventual barrage.“We feel that we can winn all three points in B&H. We hope that we will manage to do it and bring very successful qualifications to the end“, said the midfielder of Arsenal.“Sometimes it is easier to play away games, because the opponent plays openly. In the match against Israel, we saw how it looks like when 10 or 11 players are defending their goal“, added he.Match B&H – Wales will be played on 10th October at the stadium Bilino Polje, and after that Wales will play against Andorra in the last round, while Dragons will travel to Cyprus on 13th October.(Source: klix.ba)last_img read more

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