Tonga coach wants NRL to invest more money in to Pacific teams


first_imgTonga sealed their second win in the tournament against Samoa on Saturday night at a packed-out FMG Stadium in Hamilton.The stadium was a sea of colours as fans showed up to sing, cheer and dance for their Pacific teams. Woolf says the experience was one of a kind and it proves that Pacific teams are worth the investment.”The first step I think is putting on more games. We’d love to play Samoa every year and I know they’d love to play us every year and I’m sure the fans would love to see that as well.”Woolf also adds that he’d like both teams to get given more opportunities to play tier one teams as well. “That’s how we improve our world-rankings and start to build an even better footy culture,” he says. “It all comes down to what finances the International Rugby League and the NRL are willing to put into teams like ourselves and Samoa, in particular, to see us improve.”PRN reports more than 18,000 people attended the big Pacific clash. Woolf says the atmosphere the Pacific fans created almost moved them to tears.”When you see however-many-thousand people there, with 20 minutes to go, stand and start singing songs and waving flags, it’s an experience you just don’t get anywhere else.”Tonga’s now preparing to face the Kiwis this weekend in Hamilton.Woolf says it’s going to be a tough one.”No tier two nation has ever beaten a tier one nation,” he says. “It’s a massive ask. It’s one that we’re going to certainly go out there and give our absolute best shot. We’re getting more and more confident so we’re certainly up for a good challenge but I’m not going to make any bold predictions.”Samoa will go up against Scotland as well in Cairns.last_img read more

Jermaine Pennant: From Champions League final to The Jeremy Kyle Show


first_img 2 Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City Pennant’s wife Alice Goodwin is worried he’s returning to his old tricks Gerrard launches furious touchline outburst as horror tackle on Barisic sparks chaos scrap Jermaine Pennant had all the talent needed to reach the top of football but he never quite reached the heights expected of him.Still, he had a pretty decent career – you’ve got to have something about you to make more than 200 appearances in the Premier League. The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 tense latest revealed BEST OF The high point of Pennant’s career was probably when he played for Liverpool in the 2007 Champions League final.The Reds lost the game 2-1 to AC Milan but Pennant played well, causing all sorts of problems for the Serie A side’s star-studded defence which featured the likes of Paolo Maldini and Alessandro Nesta.Pennant’s Liverpool career officially came to an end in June 2009 when he moved to Spanish side Real Zaragoza. He returned to the Premier League with Stoke in 2010 but then somewhat disappeared from the scene.Throughout his career, he developed a reputation as a playboy footballer and shot back to fame earlier this year when he released his autobiography Mental: Bad Behaviour and the Beautiful Game. LATEST It lifted the lid on all the various escapades he got up to earlier in his career including a Monopoly game he played with team-mates in relation to women they had had sex with.The former winger explained in his autobiography: “It worked like this. If I slept with any girl and then any of the other lads slept with her afterwards, they would have to pay me “rent”: if she was Mayfair, they would have to pay me £100; for Old Kent Road it would be £14.”With his football career now finished, Pennant has been publicising the book and appearing on numerous shows, including Celebrity Big Brother.His latest surprise TV appearance came on The Jeremy Kyle Show, with Pennant shocking viewers by explaining some of his antics as a footballer .center_img gameday cracker Pennant was so close to becoming a Champions League winner Most Popular Football News Our exclusive with @pennant83 and @xAliceGoodwinx is tomorrow. You do NOT want to miss it… pic.twitter.com/RxPjPlaa1c— The Jeremy Kyle Show (@itvjeremykyle) October 18, 2018Pennant, 35, was also asked to to take a lie detector test to find out if he had been unfaithful to his wife, Alice Goodwin, who appeared alongside him on the show.That came following his appearance on Celebrity Big Brother in the summer, when he was accused of flirting with fellow house-mate Chloe Ayling.Pennant refused to do the test on the show, however, but said he would only take a lie detector test “behind closed doors”.Hopefully Jermaine and Alice can work everything out! Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion 2 Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update ITV Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ SORRY Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT last_img read more