'It hit the heart': Proud dad Dane Coles humbled by girl who suffers 40 seizures a day

Dane Coles said today's stories about children suffering from epilepsy 'hit the heart' and reminded him to be grateful for his son Jax. Source: 1 NEWS

All Blacks halfback Aaron Smith visits children at Wellington Hospital. Source: Instagram



Time up for Tietjens? Fiji's Sevens gold medal winning coach gets 20 job offers even from New Zealand

Fiji national rugby coach Ben Ryan says he is weighing almost 20 job offers that have poured in since he guided the country to its first-ever gold medal at the Rio de Janiero Olympics.

Ryan's contract with the Fiji Rugby Union ends on September 3 and he has resisted all efforts to keep him in the job he has held since 2013.

The NZ Rugby boss couldn't spin it any other way having just watched the Sevens team go out. Source: 1 NEWS

Fiji sports organisations mounted a major effort to raise money to match rival offers for Ryan, but the English coach says money is not the issue and that he is ready for new challenges.

One offer is believed to have come from the Japan national rugby sevens team and others from Super Rugby teams in Australia, Japan and New Zealand raising more questions around the future of Sir Gordon Tietjens, who has been at the helm of the All Blacks Sevens for 22 years. 

The Sevens team provided one of the early Olympic highlights for New Zealand when they won a silver medal. Source: 1 NEWS

Sir Gordon was reluctant to talk about his future in the aftermath of his side's 12-7 quarter-final defeat to Fiji and Ryan would not specify whether the offers came from New Zealand Rugby or other teams in the country.

Since taking on the New Zealand coaching role in 1994, Sir Gordon has won four Commonwealth Games titles, two IRB Sevens World Championship titles (2001 in Argentina and 2013 in Russia), 12 of the 17 world series crowns and has nurtured more than 40 future All Blacks.

Sir Gordon's contract is due to expire soon and it's likely he will be judged on his side's showing in Rio.

In his epic speech, Fiji Sevens coach Ben Ryan tells thousands of fans in Nadi how their success was celebrated around the world.


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'I support Australia no matter what': Cheika stung by Clyde Rathbone's 'delusional Wallabies' comments

Wallabies coach Michael Cheika admits criticism from ex-players "hurts" but concedes the team has to grin and bear it until their fortunes turn around.

Dane Coles said today's stories about children suffering from epilepsy 'hit the heart' and reminded him to be grateful for his son Jax. Source: 1 NEWS

Cheika's comments come after former Australia winger Clyde Rathbone essentially challenged the team to be realistic about their chances in tomorrow's second Bledisloe Cup Test against New Zealand, writing in his column for rugby.com.au that "blind faith in one's ability is a slippery slope to delusion."

"The truth is pitiless, indifferent to all but the purity of its own self evidence. And the truth is that the All Blacks are a much better team than the Wallabies," wrote Rathbone, a 26-cap Wallaby who retired in 2014.

Cheika said Rathbone was entitled to his view - particularly in light of the Wallabies' disastrous 42-8 defeat to the All Blacks last week in Sydney - but warned if the shoe was on the other foot, he wouldn't necessarily do the same.

"That obviously hurts us, doesn't it," he told reporters in Wellington.

"When it gets tough, it's very easy for people to jump on and put the boot in and we have to take it because we haven't performed.

"But at the end of the day, no matter what sport Australia's playing at, I'll be supporting them no matter what.

"I was certainly supporting Greg Chappell when he got six or seven ducks in a row, back in the day in the West Indies and the pressure was on, because he's a great Australian player, and that's what I know what I'd be doing if I was sitting on the other side. But that's his choice."

Cheika said the team would not be using Rathbone's words, or any other external comments, as motivation for Saturday's clash at a sold-out Westpac Stadium, which Australia is expected to lose heavily.

"I think this week our inspiration has to really come from ourselves and pride in our performance," he said.

Former Wallabies winger labelled the current squad delusional if they think they are going to beat the All Blacks in Wellington this weekend. Source: 1 NEWS


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