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By Sports Desk March 11, 2021

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  • 'The key of to prepare well' - JRL operations directors confident Reggae Warriors will make good impression at World Cup 'The key of to prepare well' - JRL operations directors confident Reggae Warriors will make good impression at World Cup

    Jamaica Rugby League operations director, Jason Robinson, has tipped the team to make a big statement both on and off the field at the Rugby League World Cup this October.

    The Reggae Warriors beat Canada and the United States to qualify for the tournament in 2018 and will face New Zealand, Lebanon, and Ireland in the group stages of the event.

    While admitting that the task facing the first-timers will be a daunting one, Robinson remains confident the team has enough ability and experience to make a mark on the competition.

    “There’s jokes around Cool Runnings but I’ve played in three World Cup finals and I know the demands,” Robinson said.

    “We want to be as competitive as possible,” he added.

    “We’ve got a real mixture of guys, playing at all different levels. There will be some guys coming over from Jamaica and it’s going to be great for seasoned campaigners like Michael Lawrence and Ashton Golding, while we’ve Dom Young over in the NRL.

    “The key is to prepare well and, come the World Cup, give a good account of ourselves.”

    The team on Tuesday revealed that British sportswear manufacturer PlayerLayer would be the team’s official kit supplier.  The company’s fabrics are made from coffee and bamboo.

  • JOA scholarship propels Shanae Gordon to academic excellence JOA scholarship propels Shanae Gordon to academic excellence

    In her daily practice and play, Shanae Gordon is used to clutching a ball and outsprinting rivals. In the classroom, the national rugby player is proving how much those qualities are part of her educational habits, by grabbing a scholarship provided by the Jamaica Olympic Association (JOA) and run with it to now earn an academic scholarship.

  • Joshua set for August fight with Fury in Saudi Arabia, says Hearn Joshua set for August fight with Fury in Saudi Arabia, says Hearn

    Eddie Hearn says the first fight between Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury will take place in August and confirmed the "bad secret" that it will take place in Saudi Arabia is accurate.

    Exact details have yet to be officially disclosed for the heavyweight unification fight which will see Joshua defend his WBA, WBO and IBF world titles against undefeated WBC champion Fury.

    But Hearn has consistently said the fight is on and has now narrowed it down to two potential dates in August.

    While Joshua had previously talked up the prospect of fighting at Wembley, the fighters will do battle in Saudi Arabia, ahead of a second bout later in 2021.

    "August 7 or August 14," Joshua's manager Hearn told Sky Sports News when asked when the first fight would take place.

    "Look, I think it is a very bad secret that the fight is happening in Saudi Arabia – I don’t mind giving you that information as Bob Arum has already done it.

    "I have told you it's the same people that we did the deal with for Andy Ruiz, that event was spectacular, as partners they were fantastic as well.

    "We are very comfortable, Anthony is comfortable, he knows those people, they delivered on every one of their promises last time - so we are ready to go.

    "That's gonna be the date.

    "You've obviously got the Olympics finishing on August 7 so in terms of a global spectacle it would make sense to go on the 14th.

    "But that's one of the things to tick off in hopefully the next few days."

    The update from Hearn comes after Joshua and Fury exchanged barbs on social media, with each calling on the other to take action and agree terms.

    Joshua said he and his fans were "tired" of delays and called for more action from the Fury camp.

    Fury responded by branding Joshua "an ugly Dosser" and urged him to "come get some", insisting the Joshua and Matchroom side were "no talk and no action".

    Hearn is frustrated that a deal is not finalised despite broad agreement between the two camps.

    He added: "I saw the tweets from AJ. He's tired, the fans are tired, and everyone is tired.

    "We're in a stage where people are getting frustrated. The deal is done. Now we're on the finer details of the contract, which came back last Friday. It went back last night.

    "They are on calls now in the office about it, and I think at some point people are going to have to take a little bit of a leap of faith in this deal.

    "From our perspective and AJ's perspective, we're ready to go. From Tyson Fury's perspective, they've got a couple of lawyers across it from their point.

    "The tweet from AJ last night was, 'Come on, less talk, more action. Let's get this done!'.

    "There's no reason why it shouldn't happen this week. This is kind of like the moment where you could actually turn around at this point and say, 'This is dragging on too long, or I can't be dealing with this anymore'.

    "But we have to nail this, and I'm not going to stop until I nail it, and everyone has just got to move forward collectively.

    "We're ready to go from our side. We're not far away from their side and it is inevitable, but at the same time, we've got to close the door on it."

    Joshua has a 24-1 record after avenging his only career defeat to Ruiz prior to defeating Kubrat Pulev in London and defending his titles at the end of last year.

    Fury is undefeated in 31 contests, with one draw against Deontay Wilder, the American who he beat in their rematch to claim the WBC crown in February 2020, which was the last time he fought.

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