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Heineken Cup: 10 players to watch

first_imgRory KockottThe sure-booted scrum-half helped Castres to lift an unlikely Top 14 title last year and while they are languishing this time round, anything can happen in the Heineken Cup. Facing off against a yapping Kahn Fotuali’i of Northampton Saints should help Kockott to train his concentration on kicking well down the tramlines, owning his own back-row and scaring the posts with every place kick. If he really does have the quality we all expect he has, Kockott could be a revelation on Saturday if the best laid plans come off.George NorthA populist choice? Obviously, but he is doing well on the hoof and looks to have settled in Northampton. He also adores the big stage. Don’t be surprised if the Welsh wonder opens up his stride at a time when he really should be passing to a team-mate from deep. He is one of the players who is allowed to do things like that…Tommaso BenvenutiPerpignan travel to Gloucester at a time when the young west country side are umming and ahing about whether they are doing things the right way. So Italian international Benvenuti may seem like an odd choice to some, but the way he reliably links and helps back-up players like James Hook means that he could be worth dedicating some watching time to.Jimmy GopperthGopperth didn’t start against Munster at the weekend and many thought that such a move meant Ian Madigan would be the favoured fly-half during big games, but the Kiwi has since been re-instated for Saturday’s game away to the Ospreys. With three penalties, a conversion and a drop-goal against Ospreys when the sides drew 29-all earlier in the season, Gopperth should be right up for renewing his battle with Dan Biggar.Man apart: Racing’s Jonny SextonSUNDAYJonny SextonAnother obvious choice, but the man with the Oligarch-embarrassing salary moved to Paris not only for the lifestyle and riches, but because he wanted to taste success somewhere else. This will be an intense study of whether Project Racing is working so far with a game against Clermont to ‘enjoy.’Ryan Grant Bursting through: George North’s form and power has been well documented, but now he hits the big stage in EuropeBy Alan DymockWE MAY be celebrating the end of a superb competition, but as the Heineken Cup 2013/14 is here we thought it would be worth putting on the party hats, popping some corks and toasting the beauty of the great European race.This weekend throws up some mouth-watering clashes and here we list 10 players you should keep your peepers peeled for.Rise up: Can Craig Clarke lift Connacht?FRIDAY NIGHTJoe TekoriHaving moved from Castres to Toulouse this summer the big lock – who often looks like he would love to break from the restraints of set-pieces – has helped Toulouse tie for the lead in the Top 14 and despite a wobbly start to their domestic campaign they have righted themselves. They are also one of the teams in France that actually cares about Europe.Facing Zebre, it is likely that the four-time winners will spend a lot of time on the front foot and with Tekori’s bulk he could have a field day.Miles BenjaminHaving played no rugby for some time, Benjamin is back and getting his first start of the season on the right wing against Ulster’s Tommy Bowe. A big ask for your first trot out, but he is having to play there because of a head-knock to Blaine Scully.At Ravenhill on a Friday night against the T-100-like Bowe? Welcome back, Miles…Craig ClarkeConnacht may not be fancied to dent anyone in this competition, but to have a second-row who has won Super Rugby titles and who adds quality to a pack must be watched in an elite competition and they don’t come more hefty or elite than Saracens.Nick WilliamsThe Ulster No.8 had a magnificent season last time round and Ulster will still be smarting from their late Heineken slip and lost RaboDirect Pro12 final. Matching him up against Jordan Crane and another challenging forward pack on Friday night could be good for all rugby fans.Famed boot: Rory Kockott will have to kick Castres forwardSATURDAY LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS There are so many players for Toulon that we could name-check and coo over, but it is surprising how many are writing off a Glasgow Warriors team that have won five games from five in the Pro12 and who are playing well.The true test of how this game is going will be in the scrum where Lion Ryan Grant will hunker down to face A.N. Oversees-International. It is the kind of challenge Test players love. Racing Metro’s fly-half Jonathan Sexton prepares to kick the ball to score a penalty during the French Top 14 rugby Union match Racing Metro vs Oyonnax on August 31, 2013 at the Yves du Manoir stadium in Colombes. AFP PHOTO / LIONEL BONAVENTURE (Photo credit should read LIONEL BONAVENTURE/AFP/Getty Images) last_img read more

Call for release of two journalists, investigation into conditions of detention

first_img News Organisation News August 25, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Call for release of two journalists, investigation into conditions of detention Ethiopia arbitrarily suspends New York Times reporter’s accreditation EthiopiaAfrica News RSF_en EthiopiaAfrica February 10, 2021 Find out more Photo : Meles Zenawi (AFP) to go further May 21, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information RSF condemns NYT reporter’s unprecedented expulsion from Ethiopia Receive email alerts News May 18, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Ethiopia Reporters Without Borders wrote today to Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi calling for the release of two journalists who were arrested in June, Reyot Alemu and Wubeshet Taye, and for an investigation into the conditions in which they have been held. Reyot, a young woman columnist, is in very poor health, while Wubeshet, the deputy editor of a weekly, says he has been mistreated.“The situation of both of these journalists is alarming,” the letter to the prime minister says. “We were very disturbed to learn that their pre-trial detention was extended yet again and we call for their immediate release.“We also believe that Mr. Wubeshet’s claims should be taken seriously and we urge the Ethiopian authorities to carry out a thorough and independent investigation with the aim of establishing whether he has indeed been mistreated while in detention. If he has, those responsible should be brought to justice and reprimanded accordingly. We would like to remind you that you have a duty to ensure that detainees are treated humanely, have access to medical care and enjoy all the rights that the Ethiopian Constitution guarantees them.”When they were brought before a judge on 17 August, their pre-trial detention was extended for another 28 days. Accused of complicity with a political group that has been classified as a “terrorist” organization, they are due to appear in court again on 8 or 9 September.The deputy editor of the Awramba Times weekly, Wubeshet was arrested on 19 June. When he appeared before a federal court two months later, he said he was beaten during interrogation and was manhandled by prison officials. He was also forbidden to receive visits from his family and to organize his defence with his lawyer.Reyot, a columnist for the Amharic-language weekly Fitih, was arrested on 21 June. The equipment and material that was seized at the time of her arrest was finally returned to her family a few days ago. The few visitors that have been allowed to see her are worried by the rapid deterioration in her health. After two months in detention, this young woman is showing signs of physical and psychological trauma. Although her family has been able to send her medicine, she is in urgent need of proper medical attention.More information Journalist attacked, threatened in her Addis Ababa homelast_img read more

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