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All Blacks slammed for setting up liquor company, James O’Connor favorite for No 10 shirt

New Zealand rugby league legend Graham Lowe has slammed All Blacks Damian McKenzie and Anton Lienert-Brown, as well as former All Black Stephen Donald, for starting an alcohol company which he says targets people youth.

The trio are co-founders of a brand of pre-mixed drinks called Grins, which is heavily marketed on social media in New Zealand.

Lowe, former chairman of the Alcohol Advertising Ministerial Forum, expressed his disappointment and surprise at the players’ involvement and at New Zealand Rugby, who have their own alcohol sponsors, for allowing them to s ‘involve.

“I’m very surprised they got into this. I just think it’s corny,” Lowe told New Zealand radio station Newstalk ZB.

“Being an All Black or a former All Black and being involved in a youth-focused campaign, I think, regardless of everything else, is corny. I’m a bit disappointed and surprised.

Damian McKenzie and Anton Lienert-Brown. (Photo by James Worsfold/Getty Images)

“I think we have come to a sad place. These men can certainly see and are aware of the harm this can cause and it shouldn’t be up to the governing body or anyone else – I’m sure they will have their own view on this . It shouldn’t depend on that, it should depend on all of us as individuals.

“We know what damage this can cause. It doesn’t hurt everyone, but for some it can cause and trigger a painful and terrible life. And if these guys aren’t aware of that, they just take the fruits at hand, that’s what they are [doing]. It’s a really sticky spot on their career.

“They are probably well paid to do it. In the end, dollars trump good and bad. Should young people be exposed to alcohol advertising? No, in my opinion they shouldn’t. There is no gray area. It’s either true or false. I think that’s wrong.

The JOC at the top of n°10

The Wallabies are eyeing a five-Test European tour to end the year as their path to the 2023 World Cup in France takes shape.

Dave Rennie’s side will host England for three Tests – in Perth, Brisbane and Sydney in July – before two games in Argentina in August.

They will be followed by two home Tests against South Africa and then a two-Test Bledisloe Cup – first at home and then in New Zealand at venues yet to be finalized – against the All Blacks.

Australia will next face Italy, France, Ireland and Wales on a year-end tour, while a plan to also play Scotland is in its infancy.

A five-Test European tour, due to start at the end of October, would be ideal preparation for France’s World Cup showpiece over a similar period less than a year later.

The Wallabies are 8-3-9 since Rennie’s arrival, drawing three in a win and two losses in 2020 followed by a 7-7 split last year.

This 2021 campaign included two and one point losses to Scotland and Wales respectively in the Spring Tour, as well as three consecutive defeats to New Zealand before a five-game winning streak.

A defeat at Twickenham last year was their eighth in a row against England, with Australia keen to end that home drought ahead of a potential World Cup quarter-final against Eddie Jones’ side. next year.

“You look at 2020, that’s where we started and then last year we improved on that,” captain Michael Hooper said of their arc to France 2023.

“Our group is expected to improve further this year and if we can do that the following year then we will look pretty good in 2023.”

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A 40-man squad not including any overseas-based players gathered on the Gold Coast over the weekend.

Rennie said the solid form of James O’Connor, fifth eighth for the Queensland Reds, made him a ‘favorite’ for No10 against England after Japan-based Quade Cooper impressed after his call-up shock last year.

“James has been excellent; very influential in the form of the Reds which is great to see,” Rennie said.

“He also had a big year last year for the Reds, then got injured before the French series and took a long time to recover.

“So he’s definitely a favourite, but Quade remains an option for us.”

“They are a proud nation and come to attack”

Dave Porecki believes the Wallabies could face England next week as the details of the team’s three-day camp on the Gold Coast have been impressive.

The problem is that they have to wait three months for Eddie Jones’ pressured side, who have beaten Australia in their last eight Tests, to arrive.

The NSW Waratahs hooker knows not to get ahead of himself either, with a calf injury derailing what seemed like a certain Test debut in last year’s Spring Tour.

Returning to Australia after six seasons in the English Premiership with Saracens and London Irish, the 29-year-old is once again firming up in a position that no man has yet managed to stamp with his authority.

“I got pretty close and then my body fell apart, so I’m a bit more pessimistic this year and my mission is just to play really well for ten weeks,” he told AAP after camp. Gold Coast of the weekend.

All Blacks slammed for setting up liquor company, James O’Connor favorite for No 10 shirt

Wallabies coach Dave Rennie. (Photo by Ian Hitchcock/Getty Images)

“I know from personal experience over the years that you can easily have your name removed from a list.”

With Brandon Paenga-Amosa and Tolu Latu in France and unlikely to be called up for July’s three-Test series and Jordan Uelese away, Porecki is in a race with Folau Fainga’a, Feleti Kaitu’u and Lachlan Lonergan to carry the N°2.

His experience may help, Porecki was used to bumping into English teammates and rivals on the streets of London before returning to Daceyville in 2020.

“It’s such a proud nation and they’ll come here to attack,” he said of the 2019 World Cup finalists, who endured a 2-3 Six Nations campaign to pressure their manager Australian Eddie Jones.

“They’ll be a different animal to the Six Nations – I’ve played most of them, I know exactly what they look like – their media are ruthless there and they will certainly react.

“They will come and hit you as a striker, it will be a battle.”

Wallabies coach Dave Rennie suggested on Tuesday that England could introduce some new tricks when they tour Australia ahead of next year’s World Cup.

Porecki, however, hinted that they had a good understanding of what lay ahead and had already begun their homework.

“Coming into this camp you see how organized and detailed it is to give us a taste of England with analysis of the scrum, the line-up, their backrowers,” he said. declared.

“It plants the seed and you almost felt like we could play next week knowing what we’re up against and how we expose them.”

The hooker also left camp with a clear understanding of Rennie’s desire to employ a versatile talent with a high work rate in his position.

“If you can nail your free kick, that’s golden, but you have to add things to your game,” Porecki said.

“But I always wanted to play that way anyway, not just throwing lineouts and scrums.”

(With AAP)

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