Brisbane winger World Cup player David Mead is promising to remain heavily involved in the Papua New Guinea community following his retirement from international rugby league.Mead scored a try in his last game for the Kumuls, a thrilling 24-14 win over Fiji on Saturday night.
Victoria's ministerial newcomers will be sworn in at Government House after being unveiled on the weekend as part of a cabinet reshuffle.Premier Daniel Andrews unveiled a new-look frontbench on Saturday and crowned a new deputy premier as the government gears up for the November state election.
Papua New Guinea have sent captain David Mead out as a winner while putting their World Cup rivals on notice after defeating Fiji 24-14 in a high-quality Pacific Test.A physical battle unfolded in the sides' first Test match since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic but PNG's steely goal-line defence and ability to make the most of limited opportunities proved the difference.
Samoa have started their Rugby League World Cup preparations in style, defeating a gallant Cook Islands side 42-12 despite fielding an understrength team in the Pacific Test.There will be tougher challenges waiting for Samoa at the World Cup in October than the Cook Islands, ranked 22nd in the world, but they can nevertheless take confidence from Saturday night's win at Campbelltown Sports Stadium.
Young gun Marcus Smith is excited by the prospect of combining with veteran Owen Farrell as England's twin playmakers against the Wallabies.Eddie Jones is likely to entrust Smith and Farrell with the keys to England's attack in the rugby Test series opener at Perth's Optus Stadium next Saturday.
The hostel in Rwanda where Britain plans to send migrants under its controversial asylum-seeker deportation policy is preparing to house children, its manager said, with the prospect of youngsters being sent there with their parents.Under an agreement struck in April, Britain will send tens of thousands of migrants who arrive on its shores illegally more than 6400km to the central African country.
Former Celtic star Stiliyan Petrov believes Ange Postecoglou will be driven by a desire to get everybody talking about the club as he prepares for his first taste of the Champions League.The Hoops manager's stock is high after he overhauled Rangers in his first season in charge to reclaim the Scottish Premiership title, while also implementing an eye-catching front-foot playing style.
England's rugby side are in a rut, but coach Eddie Jones says they will become a special team if they come up trumps in Australia.The pressure is firmly on Jones following England's failed Six Nations campaign and this week's embarrassing 52-21 loss to the Barbarians.
Victoria's Labor government has unveiled its frontbench for the November state election and crowned a new deputy premier.Transport Infrastructure Minister Jacinta Allan will replace James Merlino as deputy premier, after he was one of four senior Labor ministers to announce their retirement and step down from cabinet on Friday.
The heat is set to intensify on Essendon coach Ben Rutten after Josh Kennedy booted five goals to lift West Coast to a shock 10-point AFL win at Optus Stadium.0), Willie Rioli (three goals), Jamie Cripps (three goals), Jack Darling (two goals), and Liam Ryan (two goals) all cashed in as the Eagles secured the 16.
The DP World Tour has fined members who played in the inaugural LIV Golf Invitational Series PS100,000 ($A177,835) apiece and banned them from the upcoming Scottish Open and two other events.Players like Ian Poulter, Lee Westwood and Sergio Garcia all joined the Saudi-backed breakaway venture at Hertfordshire earlier this month despite not having received releases to do so.
A senior official in the Russian-installed administration of Ukraine's occupied Kherson region has been killed in an apparent assassination, the deputy head of the administration says.Dmitry Savluchenko, head of the families, youth, and sports department of the Kherson Military-Civilian Administration, was killed in a bomb blast on Friday.
Motor companies, it must be said, are pretty good at getting money out of customers.Many a buyer has marched into a dealership, determined to walk out with a big bargain, only to end up with all manner of accessories they never knew they wanted.
Adelaide midfielder Matt Crouch has been axed again but coach Matthew Nicks denies the club champion's career is at the AFL crossroads.Nicks says Crouch is "really disappointed" at being dumped for Sunday's encounter with North Melbourne.
Articles reporting that NRL fan Mina Greiss spat at the rape victim of former player Jarryd Hayne were true and not defamatory, Seven Network has said.In a defence to a Federal Court defamation suit, Seven denies that two 7News articles written in May last year and a related tweet by journalist Leonie Ryan injured Mr Greiss' character or reputation or caused him any harm or embarrassment.
Mark Ella claims it was time for rugby to move away from Captain Cook and towards an on-field rivalry with England after the new trophy was named in the Indigenous great's honour.Ella will feature as part of the Ella-Mobbs trophy when the three-Test series between Australia and England begins in Perth next Saturday, replacing the Cook Cup.
With its 2021 financial results confirming a multi-million dollar loss, Netball Australia is in the process of extending current loans until 2025.The sport's governing body released its results following the AGM, revealing a $4.
Two Victorian government ministers have been promoted to lead high profile portfolios as part of a pre-election cabinet shake-up after the departure of four senior frontbenchers.Deputy Premier James Merlino, Health Minister Martin Foley, Police Minister Lisa Neville and Sports Minister Martin Pakula revealed they would not recontest their seats in November and immediately step down from cabinet on Friday morning.
Ben O'Connor has been chosen as the spearhead for AG2R Citroen, who are expecting more great things from their Australian star at the Tour de France.The French team have named the man from Perth as the leader of their eight-man squad for the sport's greatest race, with their general manager predicting another big Tour from the 26-year-old.
Four senior Victorian government ministers will reportedly announce their retirement from politics at the November state election, potentially prompting a major cabinet reshuffle.Deputy Premier James Merlino, Health Minister Martin Foley, Sports Minister Martin Pakula and Police Minister Lisa Neville are all planning to announce they won't recontest their seats, according to multiple media reports.
Former Victorian COVID-19 response commander Jeroen Weimar has been appointed chief executive of the 2026 Commonwealth Games organising committee.The veteran bureaucrat oversaw Victoria's COVID-19 Response unit from July 2020 to April this year and became a regular fixture of daily press conferences during the pandemic.
Olympic bronze medallist Harry Garside expects to return to the ring in late August or early September in Australia before potentially heading overseas.Garside (3-0) isn't used to having idle hands but has had to rest after hurting his knuckles in May, when he retained his Australian lightweight title against Layton McFerran.
Outgoing Papua New Guinea rugby league captain David Mead is urging the Kumuls to use their Test match against Fiji as an opportunity to prove PNG has the talent to support an 18th NRL team.The only country in the world with rugby league as its national sport, PNG already fields a Queensland Cup team, the Hunters, and in May, the country's government officially launched a bid to have representation at NRL level.
The Australian Olympic Committee (AOC) says it will leave transgender women's eligibility to compete in women's sports to be determined by individual sports, in line with the International Olympic Committee's (IOC) guidelines.Transgender women's futures in elite sports has been thrown into the spotlight after FINA, swimming's world governing body, voted to effectively ban transgender swimmers from elite women's competitions.
Perth Wildcats coach Scott Morrison says his decision to quit after just one season with the NBL club was purely based on family health reasons.The upheaval at the Wildcats continued on Thursday when Morrison announced his departure despite having two more years to run on his contract.