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New Zealand: new coach appointed in December – Rugby – NZL

New Zealand Rugby Union president Brent Impey announced on Tuesday that Steve Hansen's replacement as a national coach will be announced in December.

The union has identified 26 coaches likely to fill the position, but some – including Jamie Joseph, who is with Japan – have already said they are not interested.

"TheThe selection process for the new coach for the All Blacks continues by creating a shortlist of interviews and negotiations to be completed in November and early December "Said Impey.

Ian Foster, former assistant Steve Hansen, or Scott Robertson, coach Christchurch Crusaders, are among the favorites.

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"The boys got confused": England's Haka reaction was not meant as a V

England produced the moment of the World Cup with their inconic Haka respose, but four stars have broken their silence.

World Cup finalists Ben Youngs, Tom Curry, Manu Tuilagi and Joe Marler all admitted that there was a lot of confusion about what they were planning to do during a performance on British TV.

It was one of the most iconic moments of the World Cup in Japan, even when it landed them with warm water at World Rugby for crossing the half line, and even received praise from New Zealand boss Steve Hansen.

However, it has now been confirmed that the V came about when members of the team misunderstood Young's instructions for performing a semicircle after he had drawn up the plans on the flip chart the night before.

"We met the night before and said it was a challenge and we want to take on the challenge and make sure they know we are ready, so let's step into a semicircle," Youngs told Jonathan Ross Show.

"A few boys were still confused …"

Marler then interrupted and said: "The problem was that Ben had prepared it the night before … He got up and did it on a flipchart and he marked it all with Xs and Os.

"The problem I had with it was that I looked at that sign and thought," It's not to scale "… I thought we were supposed to be closer than what the photo said.

"[I went over the line] that I thought we were all going to do, but then I looked back and they didn't do it, but I thought I already captured it."

Whatever the confusion beforehand, there was nobody on the field in the 80 minutes that followed, as England dominated for a crushing 19-7 victory to reach their third final since 2003.

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The bowling action of Kane Williamson declared legal

The bowling action of Captain Kane Williamson in New Zealand is legal again, the ICC confirmed, after an evaluation in Loughborough on October 11.

Williamson was reported during the Galle test in August earlier this year. He threw three arched offspin in that game and admitted nine points without taking a wicket. But now, after a test in an ICC-approved biomechanical center, it turned out that the elbow expansion of all his deliveries was within the permitted 15-degree tolerance level.

This was the second time that the Williamson bowling campaign was examined. He was reported in 2014 and had to make some changes before he could throw in international cricket again.

Williamson has currently sustained a hip injury that had sidelined him from the current five-match T20I series at home against England, but, while the ICC knew his action, he can go bowling again when he returns to play for New Zealand.

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Let's turn off our caps for a comprehensive service from South Africa

There should be no rejection of England's defeat and achievement on Saturday – only lessons learned and a profound recognition of South Africa's superiority on the day. Bokke was quite outstanding.

This has been an outstanding campaign in England and they really reached new heights against New Zealand last week, but sport is a big leveler. At the very elite level, if you get one aspect of your game wrong for a period of time, you're gone. There is no going back and that is what happened on Saturday.

England were completely out-scrummaged through the first half and during periods of the second half. Not only were they marched back, but they conceded five scrum penalties. You simply cannot win a Test Rugby game if your set piece is dominated to such an extent, especially since the line-out also creaked poorly.

There should be no rejection of England's defeat and performance on Saturday

There should be no rejection of England's defeat and performance on Saturday

South Africa was quite outstanding in Yokohama and far superior to England than the day

South Africa was quite outstanding in Yokohama and far superior to England than the day

England got the basics wrong and the frustration is that basics have been England's strong point this season. And of course, this has a knock on effect. You start throwing loose, under pressure, passes, or you throw the ball at restart just when you need to soothe everything and be ruthlessly efficient.

Did England's arrival late affect them and contribute to their nervous start? No, I was standing down there on the touchline, and their heating was excellent, calm and in control. I was just as surprised as anyone that England was so flawed in the first half. The nerves suddenly kicked in.

Kyle Sinckler Damage? Yes, it was a blow because he has been great for England, and seeing a key man knocked out too cold so early and being helped by is a little disconcerting. What it also meant is that Dan Cole, who has been conditioned to come for half an hour toward the end of his career, suddenly looked at a 77-minute shift. When was the last time he was basically required to walk full distance?

It was not ideal, but don't forget that Bokke had two key forward games that also helped out in the first half. It's test rugby.

Could England have chosen a different way considering that Bokke is likely to always target the scrum. That, I think, would be a case of talk afterwards. Remember what the incredible job England had done on New Zealand. I don't remember any critics raising objections when the English team was announced.

England were completely out-scrummaged during the first half and during periods of the second

England were completely out-scrummaged during the first half and during periods of the second

Choices are always about balance. George Kruis may be more present at scrum time than Courtney Lawes, ditto Joe Marler and Mako Vunipola, but like Lawes and Vunipola can give you so much in these opening exchanges when you're looking to set the pace of the game. This time it didn't work, most times it will.

The bigger issue that England will have to sit down and consider once the dust is settled is the strength and experience of the freight forwarders on the bench. South Africa's & # 39; bombing & # 39; – the six forwards they've used from the bench in all tournaments – are for a man magnificent players and essentially test starters. Some people would have Marx and Mostert in their current world XV!

The South African package loses nothing at all when they come on, in fact they often go unnoticed. England just couldn't fight it, and that's something they have to address.

I also wrote in my previews that this South African team knew the English guys better than almost any other team in the world. Many of their key players are key players for their Premier League team, while others in T14 play the best English clubs in the European Cup. They knew England's strengths and weaknesses and from the start they decided they could take on and beat England ahead in the 80 minutes.

Bokke knew exactly how to take the pace out of the game, putting the squeeze on England, but then last quarter they demonstrated their full reach with two brilliantly taken attempts wide, the first attempts they ever scored in their three World Cup finals.

I'm so glad the game won, they let go of the handbrake and demonstrated their full scope. Let's put our caps off here for an absolutely brilliant and comprehensive team performance. They did with England what England did with New Zealand a week ago.

England got the fundamentals wrong, and then of course it has an effect on other aspects

England got the fundamentals wrong, and then of course it has an effect on other aspects

The dye was cast pretty early. England were on the back foot and struggled a little with reassurance, and their one sustained period of pressure was midway through the first half as they mounted the 25-stage attack close to the Box line.

South Africa defended superbly, knowing when to give up the penalty, and it felt like a massive moment when England failed to cross the line after 25 stages just before halftime. An attempt at that would have been a nerve-wracking and perhaps rattled the Boxers a bit, but it did not come and very soon normal service resumed.

That, if we're being honest, was the only moment of the game, it was a mighty uphill after that, and England simply couldn't get a head of steam going.

No single player found that moment of inspiration that could kick-start a team effort, and once again you wonder at the well-established World Cup tradition for teams that fail to back up a unique semifinal victory seven days later. France in 1987 and 1999, New Zealand in 1995, Australia in 2003 and now England in 2019. This is not unknown territory

I am reminded of the old Tour de France saying with the best cyclists who have 100 units or energy or adrenaline to spend the entire race and therefore you have to measure your efforts very carefully. Use up too much too soon, and maybe you may not have enough left for when you really need it at the end. England really dug deep into their reserves against the All Blacks last week and maybe that wasn't quite enough at the end.

I'm so glad that with the game won, they let go of the handbrake and demonstrated their true class

South Africa, on the other hand, produced by far the best performance of the tournament when it counted the most, and it was impossible in the ITV studio not to enjoy and share the joy of Bryan Habana as he drove down to the touchline to embrace his compatriots.

You also couldn't help but be touched by the modesty of their captain Siya Kilosi and also the infectious good humor of Schalk Brits, whose draw in the squad at the age of 38 was a master stroke by coach Rassie Erasmus.

The Brits would only ever be the third pick though he played, but his live-wire presence in the squad was massive, just as it was when he arrived at the Saracens all those years ago. He is a life amplifier and galvanizer.

In the end, South Africa's victory was a triumph and victory that we could all enjoy, even disappointed English fans, and it was a fitting end to a very special tournament that overcame many difficulties in delivering on all fronts – physically and emotionally. It was a privilege to be present in Japan to witness much of it firsthand.

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Sonny Bill Williams, Toronto Wolfpack, $ 9 million contract deal, club confirms negotiations

Toronto has confirmed that they are having new conversations with All Black Sonny Bill Williams.

Wolfpack head coach Brian McDermott revealed earlier this month that the dual international interest had shown interest in joining the Canadian club and he would have had face-to-face conversations with the center or the vanguard in Japan over the weekend.

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Williams, who was part of the New Zealand team that reached the final of the Rugby League World Cup 2013, is preparing with the All Blacks for Friday's third place during the Rugby World Cup.

"We are in discussion, but nothing has been finalized or confirmed," Toronto chairman Bob Hunter told FATHER news agency on Tuesday.

McDermott hopes to sign at least four new players after winning promotion to Super League before 2020, including a big name that he believes can do for the rugby competition what David Beckham did for Major League Soccer.

Williams, 34, becomes a free agent after Friday and Toronto director Brian Noble says they face tough competition for his signature.

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"Who wouldn't want to sign him," he said BBC Radio 5 Live & # 39; s rugby league podcast.

"The information is that he is leaving the All Blacks. I would say his agent has probably been in contact with many clubs.

"When he leaves the All Blacks, I am confident that there are two or three NRL clubs at work to secure his services."

According to an Australian newspaper report, Williams is considering an offer from a two-year deal from Toronto that is worth it $ A9 million making him the best paid rugby player of all time in both codes.

The Wolfpack is funded by Australian mining billionaire David Argyle, who has previously spoken about Williams' snares.

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Journalist defends "disrespectful" question to All Blacks

A Kiwi journalist defended a question that All Blacks coach Steve Hansen called "disrespectful" shortly after his team packed up the Rugby World Cup.

During his press conference after the match, after the moderate 19-7 semi-final defeat against All Blacks against England, a clearly downcast Hansen reporter Andrew Gourdie TV3 replied that he asked if the All Blacks had not found the right mentality.

Hansen, who answered a question to All Black's Captain Kieran Read, was indignant at the suggestion that the All Blacks might have underestimated the English – and offered to give Gourdie a "rugby training" if he "wanted to spend some time outside".

Gourdie told Newshub that it was Hansen & # 39; s own words about what he told the players during the break that formed the context for the question.

“I think that if you look at the kind of start England made for this match – they scored early, they exploded out of the blocks, they were dominant in advance in set-piece and demolition, the kind of areas you would expect from check the All Blacks – it seemed like a fairly reasonable question to ask, & said Gourdie.

"Especially when you consider that Steve Hansen has twice referred to the attitude of his team – after the defeat to the Wallabies in Perth and again after a sub-par first half-display against Namibia during this World Cup.

“As you would have heard, it was really his own words – he was asked what he said to his team during the break and he said he needed his team to be hungry and desperate before it was too late. It was his own words that formed the context for the question.

"Let's face it, it's a question you'd ask every team, every coach, and every player after a defeat like this on an occasion like this.

"It is clear that it evoked an emotional response at an emotional moment – that's how it is sometimes."

Here's how the exchange unfolded.

Gourdie: “Kieran, Steve said before … he said we needed hunger and despair before it was too late. From your point of view, I think, did the team come up with the right attitude tonight? "

Read: “Yes, I think so. You have seen how hard we have worked there. Absolutely, the boys really wanted it. I think the details of the game didn't work out, but the pace of work and how much we really wanted it to be there. You could even see it in the first half when you could see that we were coming back and hanging in there. It is really complicated if it doesn't go your way. It's hard to take and we all hurt. "

Hansen: "I would like to clarify that. I find it a rather disrespectful question to suggest that the All Blacks are not hungry. They were desperate to win the game. Because I asked them to get hungry during the rest, I don't want to say they didn't show up hungry – there's a big difference and if you want to spend some time outside, I'll give you a rugby training on that, but to stand up and say that an All Blacks team is going to the semifinals of a Rugby World Cup comes with the amount of skills and history behind it … that's not hunger, that's a pretty average question. "

QUESTION HAVING COACH TRAINING

In the immediate aftermath of the crushing defeat, Hansen walked to the side of the field where he had a telephone conversation. He then spoke with former All Blacks coach Graham Henry and center Conrad Smith.

When asked who he was calling to, the coach had to set himself up to avoid an emotional response that would produce television bulletins for days.

"I called my wife," Hansen said, pausing to take a sip of water to stop tears. “And we had a little chat.

"I spoke to Ted and Conrad about '07 and we mentioned the fact that it's no different, the same feeling.

“Then Ted and I talked about how well George Ford had played. Ted had quite a few comments and I listened a bit, tried to learn a little, and then you just keep going, don't you?

"Is it hard to get a stomach? Of course it is. It's complicated because we wanted to win the thing, but so did she. Life is not fair, so why should sport be fair? You don't always get what you want. And if you are not, you must measure your character how you deal with it. "

This article was originally published by the New Zealand Herald and reproduced with permission

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Royal Australian Mint releases $ 2 Wallabies coin

Rugby fans can indulge themselves with the release of a limited edition coin on the occasion of the Wallabies bid for the Rugby World Cup 2019 in Japan.

The Royal Australian Mint has made a $ 2 Wallabies coin with a hint of green and gold to honor the spirit of Australia.

Ross MacDiarmid, CEO of Royal Australian Mint, said the Wallabies currency continues the tradition of capturing Australia's participation in iconic sporting events.

"In the spirit of the Wallabies, this limited-edition coin honors the determination of the team as they compete on the world stage."

Fox Sports presenter Megan Barnard said the Wallabies have a big chance in this year's Rugby World Cup and "can go all the way".

But Wales and New Zealand are hard to beat.

"I think Australia has a fighting opportunity and what Michael Cheika has done to the team has been good," she said.

"I think South Africa will also be a dark horse."

Woolworth's program manager Sarah De La Mare said she hoped that the Wallabies currency "inspires and unites all Australians" to support the national team.

"Strengthening our commitment to supporting Australian sport is also meant to inspire the next generation of sport stars," she said.

Two million special edition coins will be available for collection at Woolworths supermarket registers throughout Australia.

A limited-edition Wallabies collector's album is also released, containing the Wallabies coin for only $ 3, available exclusively at Woolworths.

Australia played its first Rugby international in 1899 and twice they have risen to the highest heights of the game, crowned world champions in 1991 and 1999.

Australia is taking on Fiji this weekend in their Pool D opener in Sapporo.

Foxtel will stream the Rugby World Cup on its special 4K Ultra HD channel, which is arriving today.

For all other Foxtel subscribers, every match is available live in HD, without ads, on FOX SPORTS 503.

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Bernard Foley and Christian Lealiifano selection battle, launch Kayo

The Wallabies enter the World Cup next week with confidence, but there are still many questions about the composition of Australia's best team.

The Wallabies start their World Cup campaign with an important match against Fiji, a match that they are expected to win, but the experts fear.

But with the 31-man team selected for the World Cup with players chopped and changed during the Rugby Championship and the Bledisloe Cup in the run-up, Australia's best team is yet to become clear.

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The Wallabies cannot relax the tournament with the Fiji game up followed by the most important game against Wales.
Wales had a huge head start on the tournament and briefly took the world number 1 spot in New Zealand after claiming the Six Nations Grand Slam.

Australia then ends the group stage with games against Uruguay and Georgia and must finish in the top two of the five teams to advance to the quarterfinals.

It leaves a huge demand for the Wallabies, with the team selecting three flyhalves in Bernard Foley, Christian Lealiifano and Matt To’omua, although the latter can also play in the middle.

Speaking at the launch of Kayo Sports & Rugby World Cup coverage late last week, four former Wallabies – Australia & # 39; s most productive World Cup try-scorer Drew Mitchell, 111-Test Great George Smith, 1999 World Cup win forward Owen Finegan, and fullback became broadcaster Greg Martin – gave their opinion on one of Wallabie's biggest selection headaches.

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Mitchell, Finegan, Smith and Martin all agree that the Wallabies are definitely contenders in 2019, making the decision between the star even more important to Australia's hope.

Although To’omua played a relief role, it seems that Lealiifano and Foley are locked up in the battle for the role.

Smith admitted that the Lealiifano performances had increased his chances of being Australia's premier playmaker after directing the Wallabies record win at the All Blacks in Perth.

"The form of Christian leading to the World Cup was hard to ignore, the way he managed that Brumbies team and also in the run-up to the tournament selection," said Smith. “But Foley is such a cool character in terms of what he is doing there on the field and his ability to gamble goals, so they both have attributes that are encouraging to see and hopefully they keep pushing each other in training, so we have the best number 10 available. "

Foley was the main playmaker in the final World Cup, when the Wallabies shocked experts by making it to the final, where they lost to the All Blacks.

He is also a favorite of coach Michael Cheika, who held his courage in 2014 to give the NSW Waratahs the Super Rugby title.

Martin said it looks like Chieka has a "slight preference" when it comes to the NSW star.

"A coach always remembers when the moments were tough" this guy brought me there "but the reality is that Bernard Foley was not at his best this year," Martin said. "Christian Leiliafano has preceded him and his combination with Nic White is pretty good, they played together with the Brumbies and that must count on something. If we put Kerevi out there, we still don't know how good that can be, we can do something special because Christian Leiliafano has not played a test for years, so he just found his feet. I think there is more upside to Leiliafano than anyone else at the age of 10. "

Finegan agreed that White and Leiliafano could claim the established halves combination.

But the 1999 world champion also mentioned the most important part of winning a world cup – luck.

"We won in 1999 because we were lucky when Stephen Larkham kicked his first field goal," Finegan said. "England won a World Cup against the Wallabies in 2003, not because it was lucky, but they got a field goal that broke the deadlock, so there's always something special. New Zealand furious with Jonah Lomu in 1995, but when they were against the final They reached South Africa, they got a few pieces of luck. You just have to be in the game, there in the final and you have a chance to win it. "

As for Mitchell, he said the Wallabies should just start strong and confident.

He said the team can get some positive points from the Rugby Championship, despite the "mixed results", with the performance against the All Blacks in Perth, which shows that Australia can capture the best in the world.

With 12 of the 31 Wallabies selected for the 2019 team returning from the 2015 edition, Mitchell said Australia has a great history at the tournament to exhaust.

"Instead of just drawing on the 2015 results, I think we can draw on Australia's record at World Cups – we always seem to be playing our best footy at World Cups, which is always encouraging," Mitchell said. "I also have a huge belief in not only the players, but also Michael Cheika and his staff to bring these players together and genuinely believe in themselves."

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& # 39; Horrible & # 39; NZ internet raises concern about how to watch All Blacks at the World Cup | Sport

Rural New Zealanders are raising concerns about how they will see the upcoming Rugby World Cup as the government introduces legislation in a last ditch effort to make the tournament more accessible to fans in the rugby-mad nation.

This year, the rights to the World Cup have been purchased by telecommunications giant Spark, which will livestream games on a special site, Spark Sport, for a one-time fee of NZ $ 80.

But tens of thousands of New Zealanders in rural and remote areas say they will not be able to stream the tournament due to slow internet speeds, and are worried they will miss the event.

It is estimated that around 40,000 households do not have access to World Cups, with Spark saying that approx. 10% of its customers do not want access to live streams due to poor internet connection.

Blair Mirfin is a farmer in the remote Gray Valley on the west coast of the South Island. The local rugby coach says people are excited about how they want to attend the tournament and that going to pubs and hotels is impractical and expensive for many.

"We are out in blossoming back blocks here and internet reception is terrible, you are lucky to get the odd pocket here and there," says Mirfin.

“It definitely has to be on free-to-air channels – it's the country's national sport. The government should put in some money to let us watch rugby. I'm sure it brings in a lot of money through tourists and whatnot.

“I'm pretty annoyed at what farmers are doing, we're in a tight schedule, we can't just drop everything and go to the pub even if it will be there. It's a pretty awkward situation all around. "

Justice Andrew Little says rural Kiwis deserve to watch the World Cup and have introduced a bill for Parliament to allow permitted premises to remain open for the duration of the tournament in Japan.

"It's pretty clear that some clubs are having a hard time persuading their district licensing committees to grant a special license to extend their hours for this obvious special event, and so it makes sense for parliament to allow clubs to accommodate a local community desire, "Little said.

But Mike Connors, executive director of West Coast Rugby Union Club, says many people don't like going to pubs to watch games, as alcohol can make things uneven, and the sound and quality of the experience is often not up to scratch. .

"Most of New Zealand is a beautiful rural country, so this is a pretty strange decision," Connors said. “Some people just won't be able to look, there are no coincidences in place.

“If you live 150 km from a city, do you have to drive in to see it? Personally, I don't even like the atmosphere in the bars. Many people are alike. "

Opposition National Party sports and recreation spokesman Nikki Kaye welcomed the government's move to keep pubs longer open, but said their plans were at the last minute and lacked details as the tournament was now only weeks away.

“Kiwi rugby fans can't wait for the government to get its act together. National will push for this issue to be addressed as soon as possible. "Kaye said in a statement.

A Spark spokesman said government initiatives and investments would see 100% of New Zealanders able to access reliable internet by the end of 2020, and in the meantime it had signed a free-to-air TVNZ agreement for All Black's pool- games for play with an hour delay, and the semi-finals and finals – if Steve Hansen's side feature – must air live and free.

"There is a small minority who may not be able to stream it – and many of these people live in rural areas and are passionate rugby fans," a Spark spokesman said.

“The Rugby World Cup is a highly anticipated event on any rugby fan's calendar. Ensuring that pubs that want to show the Rugby World Cup on their premises can stay open to the matches will mean more rugby all around – which we see as a good thing for New Zealanders. "

But Connors said the new streaming arrangement had not been tested and that Spark had a poor track record of delivering to rural Kiwis.

“Can spark deliver? That is the big question at the moment. Everyone is worried. They hit a lot of problems. This is the first time they've done it – it's a piece of gamble. "

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Valentine Holmes Reveals Reasons For Forgiving NRL Glory for Long-Term NFL Shooting | 1 NEWS NOW

Valentine Holmes was an Australian star as massive as he could have imagined.

The unparalleled forward and backward Sharks of Cronulla-Sutherland, of the National Rugby League, have been recognized everywhere he went, with hardcore fans wearing his team's jersey and youngsters at home. googly eyes wanting to play like him.

And then, Holmes surprisingly left everything behind him.

He then headed to the United States to try to play American football in the NFL, a decision that angered some of those same fans who cheered him. But Holmes needed to realize his dream – no matter what everyone thought.

"I just wanted to test myself as a person and athlete," said Holmes, 24, at the Associated Press. "I did not really think about what I'd give up, I suppose, it's just that I wanted to hunt more."

Holmes is in training camp with the New York Jets competing for a spot as a back specialist, wide receiver and returns specialist.

He is here – 16,000 km away from home – as part of the NFL's International Player Pathway program. This summer, the four East African teams [the Jets, Buffalo Bills, Miami Dolphins and New England Patriots] can carry an international player to the camp.

It's a long game, but players can win a spot on the active player list of 53 players. If they do not, they are eligible for an exemption for the training teams, which means that they will not be counted in the award by the team. 10 non-active players in the lineup during the regular season.

Holmes first worked for the NFL scouts in Los Angeles in 2016 and spent three months early this year learning the game at the IMG Academy in Florida before joining the Jets in the spring.

"I would say it's been like a roller coaster," said Holmes. "Obviously, I've had ups and downs, learning the book and being wrong, it's not always a good thing to make mistakes in the field or even in class." playing well and making good stops is also a good thing too.

"So, yes, I'm just excited to be here."

Holmes, who measures 6-foot-1 and 200 pounds, worked in the battlefield with The 'Veon Bell, Ty Montgomery and Bilal Powell.

Holmes showed lightning in recent days after a back illness that had limited him early in the camp. He had a 50-yard touchdown in a Monday exercise that had shot his teammates.

"He catches the offensive," said Jets coach Adam Gase. "It's not really his problem, it's just when everything starts going very fast, he's trying to get used to it and I think it's starting to work for him." and I think it keeps getting slower.

"I can not wait to see him play in some games and see how he reacts to all of this."

Holmes could have that chance on Thursday night in the Jets vs. Giants game.

"It will be cool to stay on the sidelines and interact with the guys," and watch with them rather than watching TV, you know? "

As a young child, Holmes was fascinated by the NFL. He studied match highlights and read about the league's biggest stars.

This held him up, even when he was 17 years old and moved from his family's home in Townsville on the northeastern Queensland Coast to Sydney to start a career in the rugby league.

Holmes quickly discovered that he was good – really good – and amassed 369 points in five seasons with the Sharks. He represented Australia at the 2017 Rugby World Cup, where he set a record with 12 tries – the equivalent of touchdowns, in the tournament.

"I was a big fish in Townsville, but when I went to Sydney, it was 10 times bigger and a lot more competitive because there were a lot more people," he said. "I made my way up there."

Holmes still had a year with the Sharks, but the team asked him to release him, yielding about $ 720,000, to continue the NFL.

Some think Holmes is just spending time in the United States until next year, when he could potentially save a lot of time as a coveted free agent in the rugby league.

"It was not really my financial situation or anything else," said Holmes, who would earn $ 129,000 in the Jets' training team. "The opportunity has come forward and I'm sure a lot of people would benefit from it if they wanted it and if they could." It also creates a path for other guys who would like it. to do in the future. "

What Holmes is trying to do is not unprecedented, but rare.

Jarryd Hayne was the first rugby league player to ever play American football in the NFL when he spent the 2015 season in San Francisco as a running back and back specialist.

Offensive lineman Jordan Mailata became second after being drafted by Philadelphia last year in the seventh round, although he did not play in any match as a rookie.

Holmes is forging his own legacy, but he refuses to look too far ahead. There is no time for that. He lives his dream now.

"I'm just trying to stay healthy and stay in shape, the more I do it, the more time I spend on the field and maybe my chances are better," Holmes said. "I'm not really worried about my future right now.

"I'm just a little worried about what I'm doing now and I need to better learn the game book and become better on the field."

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