The Welsh Rugby Union is to allow players with at least 60 test appearances to be eligible for international selection regardless of which country they play their club in. Under the previous policy introduced in 2014 coach Warren Gatland was able to select up to three players based outside of Wales. Winger George North, number eight Taulupe Faletau and centre Jamie Roberts, who play for English clubs, all meet the 60-cap criteria and flyhalf Dan Biggar should reach the mark before he joins Northampton next year.
Karl Marx is more likely to spring to mind than Dirk Nowitzki when thinking of a German “revolutionary”, but in his own way the 39-year-old from Wurzburg has changed the way basketball is played at the highest level. Nowitzki brought a new quality to the NBA two decades ago -- a big man as comfortable hitting an outside jump shot as banging the boards -- and in doing so forced other teams to adjust the way they defended. “The concept of the stretch forward did not exist until Dirk appeared.
Newly appointed special adviser to the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF), Frank Ji, has vowed to continue to make the sport "more energetic and exciting" in a bid to help draw in younger players. Ji has been appointed by the ITTF's Executive Committee as special advisor to President Thomas Weikert for commercial and business. He has been a major commercial supporter to the ITTF for two years, through an investment partnership with the new form of table tennis - Table Tennis X - a time-bound format of the game designed to amplify the excitement - as well as having his company Seamaster as the title sponsor of the ITTF World Tour. Ji has also been instrumental in creating additional
Australia's vice-captain David Warner has told England to prepare for "war" as the Ashes fast approaches - and said he would be motivated by a "hatred" for the opposition. Speaking ahead of the first Test at the Gabba in Brisbane, which starts on November 23, the Australian opener threw down the gauntlet to the tourists. He also said he did not regret comments made during the first Ashes test in 2013, when he accused England of having "scared eyes". "As soon as you step on that line it's war," Warner said on Australian radio station ABC Grandstand. "I try and look in the opposition's eyes and try and work out 'how can I dislike this player, how can I get on top of him?' "You have to delve and