Autumn Internationals Wales v Australia Preview

first_imgReplacements: Tatafu Polota-Nau, Sekope Kepu, Taniela Tupou, Rob Simmons, Ned Hanigan, Nick Phipps, Matt Toomua, Jack Maddocks.Follow Rugby World on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Autumn Internationals Wales v Australia PreviewWales started their autumn campaign with a 21-10 defeat of Scotland to extend their winning run to six Tests. However, their losing run against Australia has lasted 13 Tests.They last beat the Wallabies in 2008 when Shane Williams and Lee Byrne crossed for tries in a 21-18 victory – and only Alun Wyn Jones remains from that side.With these two nations due to meet again in Tokyo on 29 September 2019 at the Rugby World Cup there is added significance to this Test. Wales will be desperate to break their duck before meeting in the Pool D clash in Japan and Australia will be aiming to maintain their hoodoo over the men in red.A few Wales players sat down to watch a 1987 Test between the two countries this week… “Adam (Beard) impressed in the summer as did Josh (Adams) and they deserve the chance to start.”Australia defence coach Nathan Grey: “Having the players believe in the (defensive) system and execute it is something we’re searching for and when the guys get that, that consistency’s going to be delivered on the park.“That’s the holy grail of coaching trying to get that consistency and that belief amongst the players, so they go out, execute, no inhibitions and really back themselves.”Naughty chair: Tolu Latu was sin-binned against New Zealand in his last Test (Getty Images)Any interesting statistics?While Wales have lost 13 Tests in a row to Australia, only two of those defeats have been by a double-figure margin – 33-12 in 2009 and 32-8 in 2016.Australia hooker Tolu Latu will make only his second Test start – two years after his first against France in 2016.Both teams are much changed from their Test last year, which Australia won 29-21. Only six Wales starters remain – Leigh Halfpenny, Jonathan Davies, Gareth Davies, Tomas Francis, Ken Owens and Alun Wyn Jones – and only seven Wallaby starters line up again – Kurtley Beale, Samu Kerevi, Bernard Foley, Will Genia, Scott Sio, Adam Coleman and Michael Hooper.The Wallabies have 418 caps-worth of experience on their bench compared to 185 amongst the Wales replacements. In fact, Tatafu Polota-Nau and Sekope Kepu have played more Tests than the entire Welsh bench combinedWhat time does it kick off and is it on TV?Saturday 10 November, Wales v Australia, Principality StadiumThe Test gets underway at 5.20pm (4.20am on Sunday in Australian Eastern Daylight Time) and is being broadcast live on BBC Two in the UK.Mind the gap: Wales’ Jonathan Davies looks for space last year (Getty Images)Who’s the referee?Ben O’Keeffe of New Zealand is taking charge of this Test in Cardiff with fellow Kiwi Brendon Pickerill and Frenchman Romain Poite his assistants. Simon McDowell is the TMO.What are the line-ups?Wales: Leigh Halfpenny; George North, Jonathan Davies, Hadleigh Parkes, Josh Adams; Gareth Anscombe, Gareth Davies; Nicky Smith, Ken Owens, Tomas Francis, Adam Beard, Alun Wyn Jones (captain), Dan Lydiate, Justin Tipuric, Ross Moriarty.Replacements: Elliot Dee, Rob Evans, Dillon Lewis, Cory Hill, Ellis Jenkins, Tomos Williams, Dan Biggar, Liam Williams.Australia: Dane Haylett-Petty; Israel Folau, Samu Kerevi, Kurtley Beale, Sefa Naivalu; Bernard Foley, Will Genia; Scott Sio, Tolu Latu, Allan Alaalatoa, Izack Rodda, Adam Coleman, Jack Dempsey, Michael Hooper (captain), David Pocock. Last time out: Gareth Davies breaks during the defeat by Australia in 2017 (Getty Images) LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Can Wales end their losing run against the Wallabies on Saturday? Here’s all the team news, top stats and TV details for the Test What’s the big team news?Wales have made three changes to the team that started against Scotland, bringing in Josh Adams for Luke Morgan on the wing, Tomas Francis for Dillon Lewis at tighthead and Adam Beard for Cory Hill in the second row.Gareth Anscombe retains the No 10 shirt, with Dan Biggar brought onto the bench along with Liam Williams and Ellis Jenkins.Winging in: Josh Adams has got the nod to start against Australia (Getty Images)Australia lost to New Zealand in Bledisloe III in their last outing and Michael Cheika has made four changes to his starting side, with hooker Tolu Latu, lock Adam Coleman, flanker Jack Dempsey and centre Samu Kerevi all making the first XV.Israel Folau, who started at outside-centre against the All Blacks two weeks ago, moves out to the wing while Dane Haylett-Petty continues at full-back.Related: What it’s like to watch a match in JapanWhat have the coaches said?Wales head coach Warren Gatland said: “With selection we wanted some continuity and to be consistent but also mindful there are a number of players who did really well for us in the summer and they need to be rewarded and have their opportunity.last_img read more

Reporters Without Borders condemns assault on film-maker Benchetrit and demands investigation

first_img IsraelMiddle East – North Africa May 16, 2021 Find out more WhatsApp blocks accounts of at least seven Gaza Strip journalists to go further IsraelMiddle East – North Africa May 28, 2021 Find out more News News Israel now holding 13 Palestinian journalists Follow the news on Israel June 3, 2021 Find out morecenter_img Reporters Without Borders said it was “shocked” by a brutal attack on award-winning Israeli documentary-maker David Benchetrit in front of the defence ministry in Tel Aviv, that has left him unable to walk for six months.The international press freedom organisation sent a letter on 26 April to the Defence Minister Shaul Mofaz, demanding a “swift and full investigation to find and punish those responsible for this unacceptable violence.”Benchetrit, who is currently making a film about “refuzniks”- Israeli soldiers, who as conscientious objectors refuse to serve in the Palestinian territories – was attacked on 21 April on his way to a meeting with defence ministry spokesperson Ruth Yaron.His wife, Sini Bar David, described what happened : “He was waiting on the pavement opposite the ministry when a security guard approached him and ordered him to identify himself, then struck him when he did not comply quickly enough.” Three more security staff then appeared and rained blows on him with their fists and butts of their guns.”In 30 years of covering wars, I have been injured several times, but I have never been as afraid as I was then and this round the corner from my home,” Benchetrit told Reporters Without Borders by telephone.”I don’t know if the guards recognised me and wanted revenge for my documentaries or if they thought I was an Arab because of my beard. In either case, it is extremely worrying that such a thing should happen in a democratic state,” he said.Following the attack, Benchetrit was taken by ambulance to Ichilov hospital in Tel Aviv where surgeons found his right leg was very badly damaged and required surgery that took four and a half hours. Doctors said he will not be able to walk again for six months, but were unable to say yet if there was a risk he would be permanently lame.”Whether it was a racist attack or for political reasons, since Benchetrit’s documentaries tackle controversial subjects within Israeli society, the seriousness of this incident demands a strong and public reaction,” the international press freedom organisation concluded in its letter to the defence minister.Benchetrit has for many years produced hard-hitting documentaries on sensitive topics such as discrimination against Sephardic Jews in Israel, the Israeli occupation and the Palestinian uprising and the oppression of Palestinian women. Help by sharing this information April 26, 2004 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Reporters Without Borders condemns assault on film-maker Benchetrit and demands investigation News Receive email alerts Organisation RSF_en News RSF asks ICC prosecutor to say whether Israeli airstrikes on media in Gaza constitute war crimeslast_img read more