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29 Sep 19

It was a spontaneous street fight between two acquaintances that left one man dead and the other convicted of murder.
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But if not for an undiagnosed brain defect, Scott Miller would not have died in the brawl with Adam James Matthews after they left the Courthouse Hotel in Darlinghurst one evening in 2011, a judge has found.

Matthews, 38, was jailed for at least 11 years in the NSW Supreme Court on Monday for the murder of Mr Miller.

The jury heard the pair were fighting during an evening of drinking, when Mr Miller suddenly fell backwards from a punch to the jaw and hit his head on a pedestrian railing.

Witnesses said they then saw Matthews, who was wearing thongs, stomp on the man’s head or upper body before going into a nearby alley. Mr Miller appeared to have been unconscious before his head hit the ground, and a pathologist found this was probably because the punch had caused a hidden ”berry aneurysm” in the back of his brain to burst.

The court heard that neither man knew about Mr Miller’s condition at the time of the fight.

During the trial Matthews’ barrister, Nathan Steel, said Mr Miller’s death was the result of an ”unexpected and unfortunate event”.

”This is far different to any murder case that you might read about or hear about,” Mr Steel said. ”Mr Matthews didn’t know that a punch to the jaw would cause this aneurysm to burst and he didn’t know that this would result in Scott Miller dying.”

But the Crown prosecutor, Trevor Bailey, said that it did not matter that the aneurysm was there.

In handing down the sentence, Acting Justice Jane Mathews did not take general deterrence into account. She said the fact that something that started as a street fight could end with such ”horrific consequences” was warning enough.

She said the fight broke out in the early evening of February 19, when the men both traded blows, but at some point Matthews landed the fatal punch.

The ”completely spontaneous” nature of Matthews’ outburst was fuelled by alcohol, she said.

Matthews was handed a maximum term of 16 years.

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29 Sep 19

He believes a four-prop rotation works best, but Raiders front rower David Shillington says he couldn’t blame the Blues selectors for picking mobility over size with just two specialist bookends in this year’s Origin opener.
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The Maroons have selected Shillington to fill the starting role of retired Queensland champion Petero Civoniceva, and the Australian Test prop predicted Raiders back-rower Josh Papalii was destined to make his Origin debut soon after being invited into camp with an extended Queensland squad.

Shillington said he hoped to form a long-term front row partnership Matt Scott, carrying on the Queensland legacy of Civoniceva and Steve Price.

But quizzed on the selection of the Blues pack – which has opted for backrower Paul Gallen up front – Shillington said the Maroons still faced a massive task.

James Tamou and Cronulla’s Andrew Fifita are the only specialist props in the NSW squad.

“I think it’s important to have specialist props, on the bench as well,” Shillington said. “I know even at the Raiders when we’re playing our best footy it’s when we’ve got our four-prop rotation going well.

“But with NSW, the other props (in contention) weren’t really standing out from the pack, as far as their form. They’re all playing good footy, but they weren’t making it a no brainer to pick them.

“I think they picked the right team, in terms of players in form. They’re blessed with great back-rowers and that gives them the option to put Paul Gallen in the front row.”

Despite making his Origin debut in the starting team for an injured Civoniceva in 2009, Shillington has played the bulk of his Origin career from the bench.

He said he would welcome the opportunity to take on rugby league’s most ‘brutal’ test from the start.

Civoniceva, who played 33 Origin matches, has endorsed Shillington to take over the starting role.

“He been a cornerstone of this team for over a decade,” Shillington said.

“They’re big shoes to fill, stepping into his role, but because I played with him so long it’s not a huge transition for me. But we’re losing a lot by not having him there and I’ll have to play as well as I can to make up for it.

“Even when I was young watching footy, you’d never want miss those first couple of minutes in an Origin match, just the sheer brutality of it. Now I get to play in it, it doesn’t get any tougher than that.”

Having elected to represent Queensland instead if his country of birth, New Zealand, Papalii is on the cusp of playing Origin too.

The 21-year-old flew to Brisbane to go into camp with the Maroons as an 18th man and Shillington said an Origin debut was close.

Papalii’s huge hit on Manly’s Jamie Buhrer on the weekend was one example of how he is suited to Origin, Shillington said.

“It’s good for him because he’s a pretty quiet fella, he can become comfortable around all the boys and learn all the plays and what it’s all about, then if he’s picked for game two he won’t be daunted.

“He’s such a natural athlete, with raw power. That shot he put on Jamie Buhrer on the weekend, if he brings that kind of power and aggression to Origin, I don’t know who’s gong to stop him.”

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29 Sep 19

Brumbies fullback Jesse Mogg at training on Monday night. Photo: Melissa AdamsBrumbies fullback Jesse Mogg wants to play his way into Robbie Deans’ squad in his next two Super Rugby games, but not if it means he’s a ”one-Test Wallaby”.
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Mogg wasn’t in the initial 25-man Wallabies squad announced last Sunday, but there are still six spots available for next month’s British and Irish Lions tour.

Two years ago Mogg wasn’t even on the Brumbies’ radar and now a stunning start to the 2013 Super Rugby season has rocketed him into international contention.

Last week Brumbies coach Jake White was relieved Deans didn’t pick Mogg, saying his development would be better served playing for his province.

It’s something Mogg was also mindful of – he doesn’t want to get picked too soon.

Whether he’s selected to play the Lions or for the Rugby Championship or European spring tour later in the year, the 23-year-old wasn’t fazed.

He wants to play international rugby when he’s ready.

”I’m still learning the game, I’m still learning what we want to do here at the Brumbies,” Mogg said.

”Although one of my goals is to one day play for the Wallabies I’d rather not rush it and get out there and be a one-Test Wallaby.

”I really want to play for the Wallabies for a lot of Tests.”

Mogg’s chances may have been hurt by a shoulder injury suffered in South Africa.

Before that he was clearly the best Australian fullback.

He missed three games and struggled to find his rhythm and confidence on his return, culminating in a poor game against the Crusaders.

But he has returned towards his best over the last fortnight.

Mogg’s cause wasn’t helped by code-hopper Israel Folau’s recent form.

”In that Highlanders game, my first week back, I didn’t do as much as I’d previously been doing, but I thought I turned that around against the Reds and had a few runs there and I haven’t really injured it again since,” he said.

”It’s just about finding that form that I previously had and I think it’s coming along.”

Brumbies flyhalf Matt Toomua was also omitted from Deans’ squad but he was less ambitious.

His sole focus was on the Brumbies’ push to end an eight-season play-off drought stretching back to the 2004 championship win.

Toomua felt the Rugby Championship or spring tour were more realistic goals to make his international debut.

”If I am going to have the chance of being in the Wallabies squad it would be later in the year when they try a few other things, but even that’s not certain,” he said.

His focus was on beating the Hurricanes at Canberra Stadium on Friday night.

Toomua, wearing a compression bandage on his calf, said he would be fit to play and didn’t think there were any injury concerns to come out of Saturday’s win over the Blues.

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29 Sep 19

 Canterbury could become the first NRL club to appoint a woman as their chief executive.
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Fairfax Media can reveal that Netball New Zealand CEO Raelene Castle has emerged as a leading contender to replace outgoing boss Todd Greenberg.

The Bulldogs are down to a handful of candidates for the role with Castle, Brumbies boss Andrew Fagan and Rugby Union Players’ Association CEO Greg Harris also believed to be in contention.

It’s understood the club has also shortlisted a candidate from the banking industry who, like ARL Commission boss David Smith, was prepared to take a pay cut for one of league’s plum jobs.

However, no candidate will garner more attention than Castle, who will create history if she takes the reins of the blue and whites. While another Kiwi, Liz Dawson, was the CEO of the Adelaide Rams during Super League, no woman has been at the helm at club level since the NRL was formed.

The Bulldogs are close to making a call on Greenberg’s successor and, if Castle is successful, her appointment will be a timely one. The NRL recently celebrated its Women in League round, at which Smith spoke of his desire to see more women reach the top levels of administration. Attempts to contact Castle, Greenberg and Bulldogs chairman Ray Dib were unsuccessful.

While he won’t have any say in the selection, coach Des Hasler is likely to meet the remaining applicants.

If her CV is anything to go by, Castle is a strong chance. She has vast experience in the corporate and sporting worlds and even has a family link to rugby league. Her father, Bruce, won the Rothville Trophy as the Auckland competition’s player of the year in 1966 and went on to play two Tests for the Kiwis, one as captain. Her mother, Marlene, is a former world champion lawn bowler with three Commonwealth Games medals.

As the boss of netball in the country since 2007, Castle is considered the most influential woman in New Zealand sport. The profile of netball, and the Silver Ferns in particular, has risen during her tenure and the Kiwis hold bragging rights over their trans-Tasman rivals after winning gold at the Commonwealth Games in Delhi.

It’s not the only sporting role Castle has undertaken, with experience in sponsorship and event management in the Rugby World Cup and the America’s Cup. She also has a strong corporate background following stints at Telecom, Fuji Xerox, Southern Cross Healthcare and BNZ.

A former representative-level netball, tennis and lawn bowls player, Castle is also unafraid to speak her mind. Earlier this year, she labelled the Australian market ”chauvinistic” as she battled to seal a broadcast partner for netball’s ANZ Championship.

Should Castle get the Canterbury gig, it would be a timely fillip for the code. Players’ attitudes towards women have again come into question after Queenslander Katie Lewis claimed she was assaulted by South Sydney and Maroons star Ben Te’o. The Rabbitohs forward has denied any wrongdoing and charges have not been laid.

There are 19 women in senior management or board positions at NRL clubs. While the number of female administrators stands at 2500 across the code – the ARLC appointed Harris Farm supremo Catherine Harris as an inaugural directors – those in senior management are still the exception rather than the norm.

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