Tue, Jul 17, 2007 - Page 19 News List

Sports Briefs

AGENCIES

■ CRICKET

Lawson to coach Pakistan

Former Australian fast bowler Geoff Lawson said yesterday he had been confirmed as Pakistan's new cricket coach to succeed Bob Woolmer, who died during the World Cup campaign in the Caribbean in March. Lawson told Sky news he regarded the job - seen as one of the most difficult in the game - as "a wonderful challenge." "It's such a talented squad they have over there," he said after being informed by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) that he had secured the job. "When you look at the class of player they have, you just have to be excited about being involved with them." PCB chairman Nasim Ashraf had said earlier the race for the post was between Lawson and fellow Australian Dav Whatmore after a third countryman, Richard Done, had been eliminated.


■ RUGBY UNION

Hong Kong may host Test

Hong Kong's rugby union is in advanced talks to host a Test match between New Zealand and Australia next year, the South China Morning Post reported yesterday. The Hong Kong Rugby Football Union (HKRFU) said it was negotiating with rugby authorities in Australia to organize the city's first top-tier rugby international. HKRFU commercial manager Warrick Dent said there was a "strong possibility" of the teams playing in the territory, which hosts the popular annual Hong Kong Sevens tournament. "There's still a lot to sort out yet but negotiations are going positively so far. Nothing is signed, sealed and delivered and it will be a few months before anything will be finally confirmed," he said. The newspaper said a possible date for the match would be November next year.


■ RUGBY UNION

Huxley out of decider

Australia fullback Julian Huxley has been ruled out of the Tri-Nations decider against the All Blacks on Saturday after picking up an injury when he was playfully tackled by a teammate at a party. The 27-year-old has played in all Australia's six Tests this year in the absence of the injured Chris Latham, but will miss the Bledisloe Cup crunch match Eden Park, Auckland after the high-jinx at the function in Canberra last Saturday. Huxley said he was tackled as a prank by ACT Brumbies teammate Gene Fairbanks at a party following an awards night for his Super 14 club, and suffered a thigh injury. "We were at a private function ... and it was just a joke gone wrong and it turned out to be quite embarrassing," Huxley told reporters yesterday. "It's really disappointing to miss the Test match."


■ SOCCER

Park Ji-sung out injured

Manchester United midfielder Park Ji-sung will miss the first half of next season following knee surgery, media reported yesterday. Park, who underwent an operation in the US in April, arrived on Sunday in his native South Korea and will join up with the United squad on their pre-season tour later this week. "I will be able to be back playing in January of next year," Park was quoted saying in local sports daily Sports Seoul. Park said his knee was healing well but that he would have to start months of intense rehabilitation when he returns to England next month. "It is very disappointing news but hopefully we have the squad to cover injuries this year," United manager Alex Ferguson said. Park, 26, joined United from Dutch club PSV Eindhoven in 2005. United play FC Seoul on Friday, three days after a game against Japanese team Urawa Reds.

This story has been viewed 1787 times.

Comments will be moderated. Remarks containing abusive and obscene language, personal attacks of any kind or promotion will be removed and the user banned.

TOP top