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McCawley’s Irish Pub: Armchaired’s Sports Picks

McCAWLEY’S IRISH PUB:  ARMCHAIRED’s SPORTS PICKSJune is going to be a huge month for sport fans with the Fifa World Cup and International Rugby.

Rugby

Australia played Fiji last Saturday night in Canberra, Australia beating Fiji 49-3. Two Fijians players have been handed game bans due to making dangerous tackles while playing Australia.

A mix and match England team dominated the first half but ended up hanging on desperately to beat the Barbarians 35-26 in an entertaining non-cap match at Twickenham on Sunday. None of the Leicester players who played on Saturday’s Premiership final win over Saracens were involved, including tour captain Lewis Moody.

Japan qualified for the 2011 Rugby World Cup when they thrashed Hong Kong 94-5 to secure top place in the Asian Five Nations tournament on Saturday. It will be the seventh straight World Cup for Japan, who join hosts New Zealand, France, Tonga and Canada in Pool A of next year’s world cup. It was also their third straight victory in the Asian Five Nations.

The 12th of June see’s 3 international matches New Zealand vs. Ireland , Australia vs. England, & South Africa vs. France

Football

Not too much going on in the world of international football with most teams preparing for the World Cup.  In other related snip bits apparently Manchester United’s owners are £1.1bn in debt – £400m more than previously known – after borrowing extensively against their shopping mall business .

In South Africa Sixteen people, including two policemen, have been injured after a crush outside a South African ground hosting a World Cup warm-up game. Several fans fell under a rush of people outside the Makhulong Stadium in the Johannesburg suburb of Tembisa.

Australia do not expect Brad Jones to return to the World Cup finals after the Middlesbrough goalkeeper went home to deal with a serious family illness.

Tennis

Rafa Nadal reclaimed his French Open crown in emphatic style on Sunday when he battered Sweden’s Robin Soderling 6-4 6-2 6-4 to win the title for the fifth time in six years.

The 24-year-old Spaniard weathered some fierce early hitting by the powerful Soderling before taking command on Court Philippe Chatrier and surging to victory in two hours 18 minutes.

Golf

JUSTIN ROSE became the fourth first-time winner in six weeks on the US PGA Tour as he whipped the Memorial title from under the nose of faltering youngster Rickie Fowler yesterday with a brilliant, bogey-free 66 at Muirfield Village.



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