In the end, I thought the Springboks were deserved winners of the series. I’d say that against the odds, the Springboks were worthy winners. Penalty to the Springboks. Signed for £20.5m from Valencia in the summer, Torres has demonstrated his clinical edge in front of goal and prowess inside the penalty area, which is particularly impressive given his natural position is out wide. Wyn Jones and Ken Owens came into the front row, and Ali Price replaced Conor Murray at scrum half. Jones and Owens had a good day at the office. Owens scored a try after the Lions forwards drove over the Springboks line, and Jones was strong in the scrum until he was forced off with a back injury. Bundee Aki started ahead of Chris Harris in the centre, and there were two changes to the back three with Welshmen Josh Adams and Liam Williams starting. Price brought back his rapid pass away from the breakdown and Aki provided the physical presence needed against the impressive Springbok centre, Damian De Allende. The fact that he came back from injury to take part in this tour says a lot about the man.
The Lions may have made changes to their kicking tactics but it still didn’t take away the fact that they were poor at challenging for the ball in the air. Their preparation for the tour was poor and consisted of matches against Georgia, and the Lions when the Springboks took the guise of South Africa A. But, as world champions, of course they were going to step up and deliver. An example of this was when Maro Itoje broke through the South African defence. It’s been a controversial tour, mostly because of the bizarre behaviour of the South African director of rugby, Rassie Erasmus. Like Germany, Colombia’s kit is a throwback to the 1990 World Cup, where the South Americans reached the last 16 before losing to Cameroon. The South African-born fast bowler qualifies for Italy through his mother and came on board after being tapped up by captain and head coach Gareth Berg, who plies his trade as an all-rounder for Northamptonshire. Griezmann is a Frenchman who plays professionally in Spain, but he has a special fondness for Uruguay. Both the home shirt and the grey-and-white away kit feature special versions of the country’s crest which commemorate the 20th anniversary of Japan’s first ever World Cup qualification.
Chelsea won their first Premier League title in 50 years in Mourinho’s first season in charge and retained their crown the following season. Jana Maradona, who the player recognised as his daughter only a few years ago, also attended. I’m 30 years old and I’m playing for 20 years,” said Awais Mughal, a delivery worker who arrived in Greece a decade ago. North’s multiple concussions in the middle of the last decade made him the face of the issue at a time when rugby started to wake up to the severity of its problem. When last did you see this? I was pleased to see the Lions trying to move the ball much more in the third Test. Immediately, there was a green shirt clamping onto the ball. He missed a glaring overlap in the first half, and wasn’t his assured self under the high ball. He awaits the investigation by World Rugby into the hour-long analysis of the first Test he posted on social media. Indeed, the shade itself is actually a throwback to the 1970 World Cup with Nike matching the colour used by the team at that tournament. Similar shade of green, well that maybe be coincidence.
Here, Sportsmail provides a breakdown of who is wearing what at the 2018 tournament, as well as pics of the kits they will wear in Russia as soon as they are released. India, who have been seen sporting different hues of blue over the years, will be donning an orange uniform for the clash against the hosts who are wearing the blue jersey. But only just, it couldn’t have been tighter. Its a shame he couldn’t go out on a high. The stakes were so high that he didn’t want to make the wrong call. Newark police says Gooden was pulled over Monday night after driving the wrong way down a one-way road and charged with driving while intoxicated. Beleaguered PFA chief executive Gordon Taylor has an explanation for why he keeps over £50million worth of the players’ union’s money in investments. Though players like Gayle, and more recently Rishabh Pant, wear three-digit numbers in ODI cricket, the World Cup jersey‘s design brings with it space limitations, meaning players can only pick a number from 1 to 99. Even Herschelle Gibbs, who memorably sported 00 on the back of his jersey till World Cup 2003, switched to 07 in the 2007 edition.