Men arrested on sex charges
Three men linked to Jordan’s Paralympic team were arrested and charged in Northern Ireland following allegations of sexual assault, British media reported on Tuesday. It was not clear if the men were athletes or supporting members of Jordan’s team. Jordan’s squad is one of several national teams training in a sports center in Antrim, northwest of Belfast, ahead of the Paralympic Games that start on Wednesday and end on Sept. 9. Northern Irish police said three men were arrested for questioning in the Antrim area on Monday “in relation to allegations of indecent assault.” Police said that one of the men, a 23-year-old, was charged with two counts of sexual activity with a child, one count of sexual assault on a woman and voyeurism. A second man, aged 35, was charged with two counts of sexual activity with a child, and the third, aged 36, was charged with one count of sexual assault on a woman. The three men were expected to appear in Coleraine Magistrates Court yesterday.
Argentina make one change
Argentina made one starting change for their home debut in the Rugby Championship against South Africa, bringing in Martin Rodriguez to replace Lucas Gonzalez Amorosino at fullback. Coach Santiago Phelan would name his reserves bench for Saturday’s match at the Estadio Malvinas Argentinas in Mendoza today, the Argentine Rugby Union said on its Web site. Argentina, who joined Australia, New Zealand and South Africa in an expanded southern hemisphere rugby championship this year, opened their campaign with a 27-6 defeat to the Springboks in Cape Town four days ago.
Graham Henry joins Blues
World Cup-winning coach Graham Henry is to join the Auckland Blues as a technical advisor to help the Super 15 franchise rebuild after a disappointing season, the club announced yesterday. The Blues said Henry would work with new head coach John Kirwan, who replaced Pat Lam last month after the three-times champions finished 12th on the ladder with 12 losses and four wins. Henry, who stepped down as All Blacks coach after guiding the team to victory in last year’s World Cup, was in charge of the Blues from 1996 to 1998, when they won two of their titles. Kirwan said Mick Byrne and Grant Doorey, who both previously worked with him when he coached Japan, would also join the coaching team.
Wallabies’ Kepu injured
Wallaby prop Sekope Kepu has joined skipper David Pocock on the Australian injury list and will miss Saturday’s Bledisloe Cup encounter with the All Blacks in Auckland. The powerful Kepu sustained a strain to the medial ligament of his right knee in training on Tuesday, an injury that can typically sideline a player for a month, the Australian Rugby Union said. It is another blow for the Wallabies, who are reeling from news that Pocock could be out of action for three months after a knee operation on Tuesday. Halfback Will Genia, who captained Australia once before against the US in last year’s World Cup, has been confirmed as the new skipper. He will be Australia’s fourth captain in barely 12 months, with first-choice James Horwill ruled out of the four June Tests and the Rugby Championship with a hamstring injury. He took over from Rocky Elsom. Australia are to unveil their side for Saturday’s do-or-die Bledisloe Cup clash today.