Daily Express - 23.08.2019

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RUGBY: WORLD CUP WARM-UPS^ Daily Express Friday, August 23, 2019^65


By Alex Spink

UEFA Europa League
Play-Off Round First Leg
CELTIC (0) ............. 2 AIK (0) ................. 0
Forrest 48
Edouard 73
LINFIELD (2) .......... 3 KARABAKH (1) ..... 2
Stafford 40 Rherras 15
Lavery 45, 75 Gueye 90 (pen)
TORINO (0) ............ 2 WOLVES (1) .......... 3
De Silvestri 62 Izzo 43 (og)
Belotti 90 (pen) Jota 60
Jimenez 72
L WARSAW (0) ....... 0 RANGERS (0) ........ 0
Other Results: FK Suduva 0
Ferencvaros 0, Ararat Armenia 2 F91
Dudelange 1, Ludogorets 0 Maribor
0, Slovan Bratislava 1 PAOK 0,
Astana 3 BATE 0, FCSB 0
Guimaraes 0, PSV 3 Apollon
Limassol 0, AEK Athens 1
Trabzonspor 3, Feyenoord 3 Hapoel
Beer Sheva 0, Gent 2 Rijeka 1,
Espanyol 3 Zorya 1, Partizan
Belgrade 2 Molde 1, Braga 1
Spartak Moscow 0, Malmo FF 3
Bnei Yehuda 0, Strasbourg 1
Eintracht Frankfurt 0, AZ 1 Antwerp
1, FC Copenhagen 3 Riga FC 1.
v New Zealand (Colombo, day 1
close): Sri Lanka. 85-2 (36.3
dlesex v Hampshire (Lord’s): Mid-
dlesex 128. Hampshire 131-3
(14.5 overs; J M Vince 69). Hamp-
shire (2pts) beat Middlesex by 7
Essex v Sussex (Hove): Essex
168-5 (20.0 overs; D W Lawrence
59no). Sussex 159-9 (20.0 overs;
D Wiese 66; Mohammad Amir
4-29). Essex (2pts) beat Sussex by
9 runs.
WORLD CH’SHIPS (Switzerland)—
Men’s Doubles: (4) M Ahsan & H
Setiawan (Ina) bt A Dunn & A Hall
(Sco) 21-19 21-16. Mixed Doubles:
(3) Y Watanabe & A Higashino (Jpn)
bt (11) C Adcock & G Adcock (Eng)
21-13 21-11; (9) T-C Man & T Ying
Suet (Hkg) bt (8) M Ellis & L Smith
(Eng) 21-14 21-14.
(Gothenburg, Sweden)—First rnd
(Gbr & Irl unless stated): 62 W
Ormsby (Aus), 63 J Lagergren
(Swe), A Levy (Fra), 64 M
Fitzpatrick, 65 M Southgate, E Van
Rooyen (Rsa), 66 S Kim (Kor), D
Burmester (Rsa), G Green (Mal), J
Catlin (USA), J Morrison, 67 K
Samooja (Fin), A Bjork (Swe), N
Colsaerts (Bel), A Wu (Chn), A
Saddier (Fra), Hyo-won Park (Kor),
D Nyfjall (a) (Swe), S Soderberg
(Swe), C Bezuidenhout (Rsa), A
Connelly (Can), M Kawamura (Jpn),
B Hebert (Fra), M Woo Lee (Aus).
(ADAC Rallye Deutschland,
Bostalsee, Saarland)—Special
Stage 1: 1 O Tanak (Est) Toyota
2m 39.4s, 2 D Sordo (Spa)
Hyundai 2:40.2, 3 S Ogier (Fra)
Citroen 2:40.3, 4 T Neuville (Bel)
Hyundai 2:40.4, 5 K Meeke (Gbr)
Toyota 2:40.8, 6 J-M Latvala (Fin)
Toyota 2:41.0, 7 T Suninen (Fin)
Ford 2:41.3, 8 E Lappi (Fin)
Citroen 2:41.3, 9 A Mikkelsen
(Nor) Hyundai 2:41.9, 10 G
Greensmith (Gbr) Ford 2:42.4.
Premiership: Ipswich 54
Peterborough 36, King’s Lynn 55
Belle Vue 35, Swindon 53 Poole
US Open Q’fying (Flushing
Meadows, New York)—2nd rd,
Men: M Trungelliti (Argentina) bt J
Ward (GB) 6-4 6-3. Women: H Dart
(GB) bt H Baptiste (US) 7-5 6-4.

Premier League
Aston Villa v Everton (8pm)......................
(Live on Sky Sports Premier League)
Ladbrokes Scottish
Morton v Partick (7.05) ...........................
(Live on BBC Scotland)
Third Ashes Test—day 2 of 5:
England v Australia (Emerald Head-
ingley, 11am).
First Test—day 2 of 5: West
Indies v India (North Sound,
Second Test—day 2 of 5: Sri
Lanka v New Zealand (Colombo,
t20 Blast - North Group:
Derbyshire v Northamptonshire
(Derby, 7pm). Durham v Yorkshire
(Emirates Riverside, 6.30pm).
Leicestershire v Nottinghamshire
(Grace Road, 6.30pm).
Warwickshire v Worcestershire
(Edgbaston, 7pm).
South Group: Gloucestershire v
Somerset (Bristol, 6.30pm). Kent
v Surrey (Canterbury, 7pm).
Betfred League 1 (7pm): London
Skolars v Hunslet.


well as being a double World Cup
winner, the All Black boasts a
professional record of 7-0 as a
heavyweight boxer.
Haskell will compete in the same
division as current champion Ryan
Bader, challenger Cheick Kongo,
MMA veteran Josh Barnett and
Fedor Emelianenko.
Bellator is considered the
second biggest MMA promotion in
the world behind the UFC and is
also home to former Geordie Shore
star Aaron Chalmers.

sitting ringside. Hopefully I don’t
get any of his blood on me.”
Haskell has trained with British
MMA fighter Michael ‘Venom’ Page
and worked as a television pundit
covering the sport.
He turned to MMA to help him
build strength and endurance as
well as “manipulate and move
people on the rugby pitch”.
There is speculation that moves
are afoot to get Haskell and New
Zealand rugby star Sonny Bill
Williams in the cage together. As

his octagon debut expected next
England coach Jones said:
“Good luck to him, we’re really
pleased he’s doing well.
“He’s been a great England
player so it’s good to find that he’s
got a new career ahead of him.
“I don’t know whether he will be
any good or not but I’m definitely
buying tickets to his first fight,
I’ve already got an order in. I’ll be

By Alex Spink

Haskell in
MMA garb

EDDIE JONES vowed to be ringside
after former England rugby star
James Haskell announced he will
have a crack
at cage
Haskell, 34,
quit rugby in May due to a foot
injury and has decided to give
mixed martial arts a go instead.
He incorporated the discipline
into his rugby training during a
77-cap career and has signed a
deal to fight in Bellator MMA, with


challenge going forward, being adaptable,
looking at what is happening in the game
and where we can take it.”
Told he had been labelled a kamikaze
kid, Underhill joked that he resented
being put in the same category as Curry
because “he is a nutter who has injured
far more people in training than I have”.
But he then agreed that a “healthy
disregard for your own wellbeing is pretty
essential if you are playing rugby in
general, so I will take that as a
Curry, 21, made a huge impact in his
first full season of Test rugby, not least
when cracking his head open crashing
into France star Damian Penaud during
the Six Nations.
“I don’t know why Sam is throwing me
under the bus,” he fired back.
“I’m probably the more
noisy one but we’re both
branded as pretty weird!”
Ireland have made 12
personnel changes and one
positional switch from the
side who beat Italy, with
Leinster’s Ross Byrne
set to make his
full debut at

15 Elliot Daly
14 Joe Cokanasiga
13 Manu Tuilagi
12 Owen Farrell (capt)
11 Jonny May
10 George Ford
9 Ben Youngs
1 Joe Marler
2 Jamie George
3 Kyle Sinckler
4 Maro Itoje
5 George Kruis
6 Tom Curry
7 Sam Underhill
8 Billy Vunipola
Replacements: Cowan-
Dickie, M Vunipola, Cole,
Lawes, Wilson, Heinz,
Francis, Joseph


England tackle

Irish with Curry

and Underhill

ADDED SPICE: Curry will
look to make gains
at the breakdown



ENGLAND have pinned their hopes on
the “kamikaze kids” providing the
missing piece in their World Cup jigsaw.
Coach Eddie Jones responded to
England’s loss to Wales last Saturday
by deciding to unleash openside duo
Sam Underhill and Tom Curry on Ireland
at Twickenham tomorrow.
“They are like the kamikaze kids those
two,” he said. “They hit everything that
“Playing two guys who are pretty good
at the breakdown might give us an
advantage in that area.”
The pair were selected to start against
the Welsh at Twickenham a fortnight ago
only for Underhill to pull out with injury.
He was told of his selection for
tomorrow as he finished off a 1,000-piece
jigsaw detailing great British figures in
Curry, meanwhile, was still trying to get
over the embarrassment of sleepwalking
into a TV set this week.
Both have been passed fit to get stuck
into the Irish with Jones believing a
change in the way referees have
interpreted the breakdown this summer
will play into their hands.
“There is a lot more contest in the
breakdown,” said the Australian, who
has also picked playmakers Owen Farrell
and George Ford together for the first
time in 14 months.
“The tackler is being allowed to
stay in the tackle which
means the ability to poach
has increased. I think that
this is potentially an
option for us because
Curry is definitely big
enough to play six.”
Asked to
explain his shift
in strategy for
the game,
Jones said:
team doesn’t
allow you to
put the batter on
the fish, so you’ve
got to play a
different way.
“You’ve got to
fry or grill the
fish, find a
different way of
doing it.
“That’s all
part of the

Underhill has
from injury
to start

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