JOHANNESBURG: Former South Africa captain and Cricket South Africa’s (CSA) Director of Cricket Graeme Smith said that “internal agendas” within the country’s cricket governing body has been a “cancer” that has affected it for a while.”I think it’s been a cancer from within the organisation for a while and it’s not getting any better,” he was quoted as saying by News24. “You try and sit and work out who in senior positions in this organisation is doing this, and why? What is the end goal? Is it serving cricket? It’s quite clearly someone in a high-profile position, whether it is in the business part or the board part, because some of the stuff being leaked can only be from those parties within the organisation and that’s disappointing. Also Read – Meghalayan mid-fielder Phrangki Buam joins ISL side FC Goa “It doesn’t help cricket, it doesn’t help us build relations, it doesn’t help us put our right foot forward. We’re an organisation that spends all our time talking about these other things instead of the game of cricket. “It certainly does feel that there are people within these positions that have ulterior motives.” IANS Also Watch: GET SET GLOBAL: GLOBAL ASSAMESE – UNCONVENTIONAL PATHS TO SUCCESS
Joe Gray has become the third Harlequins player in the space of eight days to have his contract extended until 2014.Mike Brown and George Lowe recently signed new deals at The Stoop, where Gray, 23, has impressed since arriving from Northampton Saints two years ago.“I am really pleased to have re-signed,” said the former England Under-20 hooker.AdChoices广告“Since joining Harlequins, not only has my rugby improved but also my enjoyment for the game. The team plays a great style of rugby and I am excited about the future.”Quins director of rugby Conor O’Shea said: “Joe has made an incredible impact. The person, as much as the player, is an important part of what we believe in.“We believe Joe has the ability to get better and better, and we are looking forward to him achieving his goals with us over the coming years.”
Ahead of their opening Test against the Springboks on Saturday, Joe Schmidt will name his starting team after the work-out.Former Ireland captain Keith Wood believes that South Africa are vulnerable this weekend…Wales have made five changes for Saturday’s opening rugby Test against New Zealand. Sam Warburton has recovered from injury to captain the side in Auckland. Prop Gethin Jenkins, hooker Ken Owens and lock Bradley Davies also return, as well as centre Jonathan Davies. Uncapped flanker Ellis Jenkins is among the replacements.