On the eve of the opening game of the Rugby World Cup, Japanese bars are taking delivery of additional stocks of beer to quench fans’ thirst - but seasoned operators fear that some may still run dry. Japan takes on Russia in the opening game of the tournament in Tokyo on Friday evening and organisers anticipate that more than 400,000 foreign fans will watch the 20 teams playing at 12 stadiums around the country. England play two days later, taking on Tonga in Sapporo while the final will be held in Yokohama on November 2. As early as May, bar and restaurant operators in a number of host cities were warned by the organising committee that they would need to ensure that plenty of beer was available... … [Read more...] about Japan’s bars warned to get the beers in amid fears stocks will run dry during Rugby World Cup
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So wheelchair rugby will not be funded for the Tokyo cycle. According to Liz Nicholl, the CEO of UK Sport, who gave me the news this morning, this is not because wheelchair rugby has no potential to medal in Tokyo, but because there is just not enough resource to go round. The implications of this are significant – there is little or no likelihood that Great Britain will have a national wheelchair rugby team and certainly not one which can compete with the best in the world. GB is currently ranked fifth in the world and only lost to Australia, the Rio gold medallists, by two points in extra time. Where does this leave the 2012 legacy? In 2012 wheelchair rugby had seven teams in the country and no real performance system in place. Since then the sport has grown to 22 teams and it continues to grow with new clubs in Norwich and Brighton about to come on line. We are also now delivering programmes in military recovery centres, spinal injury units and as part of rugby foundations … [Read more...] about As wheelchair rugby flourishes why is it the only Paralympic sport not funded?
If you want to get this briefing by email, sign up herePolice and protesters in Hong Kong university stand-offThere have been further tensions in Hong Kong overnight, as police surrounded a university campus which has been occupied by students for several days. When those inside tried to leave the Polytechnic University first thing on Monday morning, they were met with tear gas and petrol bombs. University authorities have accused the protesters of vandalising the campus, and its head said he had done a deal with police which would mean the students could leave if they stopped using force. The university stand-off is the latest in a long-running series of protests by Hong Kongers against their government, which can be traced back to June. Get the background to the dispute in 100 and 500 words, and an understanding of Hong Kong's relationship with China here.Party leaders pitch to business bossesBusiness is the big focus for Monday on the campaign trail, as all three main party leaders … [Read more...] about News Daily:
Saracens have refused to give up on the Champions Cup despite being handed one of their heaviest ever European defeats. The embattled Londoners will today accept the 35-point deduction and £5.36 million fine handed to them for breaching the salary cap. They will then hold clear-the-air talks with their star-studded squad on Wednesday at which they will attempt to not only plot a course to beat relegation from the Premiership but renew their commitment to defend their Euro crown. “The situation is not ideal, let’s not pretend that it is,” team boss Mark McCall said after a severely weakened Sarries side tasted their first defeat in the competition since April last year. “It occupies people's minds in different ways, and players and coaches are experiencing different emotions every day. “Of course, we are all bothered by it. But we are going to get together for the first time on Wednesday and have our first proper conversation about where we go from … [Read more...] about Racing 30-10 Saracens: Beaten champions to accept punishment and circle wagons
Saracens will hold clear-the-air talks with their stars on Wednesday to try to find a way to move on from their salary cap-busting shame. The rugby champions of England and Europe are still reeling from the 35-point deduction and £5.36 million fine slapped on them a fortnight ago. In Paris yesterday they were handed one of their biggest ever Champion Cup defeats when beaten 30-10 by Racing 92. Saracens captain Jackson Wray last night moved to dispel talk of a disillusioned squad, saying: “I haven’t seen an inch of divide. Not one. “Obviously there were emotional rollercoasters going on last week, but in terms of player-to-player, player-to-coach, whatever, not one divide, because we’re in everything together, we’ve always been in everything together, through the good times and the bad times.” The Londoners are set to announce they will not lodge an appeal against the sanctions despite condemning them as “heavy-handed”. That will … [Read more...] about Saracens to hold talks with players to try to move on from salary cap shame