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Wallabies coach Cheika welcomes Ashley-Cooper World Cup bid
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Wallabies coach Cheika welcomes Ashley-Cooper World Cup bid

MELBOURNE Reuters – Australia coach Michael Cheika has welcomed Adam Ashley-Cooper’s bid to return to the Wallabies fold and play at a fourth World Cup in Japan next year.

FILE PHOTO – Adam Ashley-Cooper of Australia reacts during their Rugby World Cup final match against New Zealand at Twickenham in London, Britain, October 31, 2015. REUTERSPaul Childs

The 34-year-old utility back played the last of his 116 tests against New Zealand in 2016 but hopes to sign with a Super Rugby team next season and force his way into Cheika’s squad.

Cheika, who coached Ashley-Cooper at the New South Wales Waratahs during their run to a maiden Super Rugby title in 2014, said he had spoken to him recently about his Wallabies ambitions.

“He said, ‘I’m not looking for any favours or entrees or anything, I want to come back through Super Rugby, prove myself that I’m good enough to take the spot’,” Cheika told reporters.

“And if he plays good enough in Super Rugby, then he’ll get an opportunity I’d imagine like any other player.

“There’s no accords, no guarantees and he doesn’t want it that way. If he does come back he’ll want to earn it himself.

“That’s the quality of the man, that’s what Ashley-Cooper’s about.”

Ashley-Cooper scored four tries at the 2015 World Cup in England, including a hat-trick in the semi-final against Argentina under Cheika. He also played the 2007 and 2011 tournaments.

Wallabies flyhalf Kurtley Beale said his former team mate’s experience could prove valuable.

“He’d definitely influence the young guys in the group and how we want to go,” he said.

“He’s got to prove himself at the moment to come back but it’d be awesome to have a quality player like him back.”

The Wallabies play Argentina in a Rugby Championship match in the Gold Coast on Saturday.

Reporting by Ian Ransom; Editing by Sudipto Ganguly

Pussy Riot member Pyotr Verzilov, who rushed the field during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia final, was reportedly hospitalized on Wednesday.

Pussy Riot member Pyotr Verzilov was reportedly hospitalized and placed in intensive care on Wednesday, according to Russian outlet Meduza.

Verzilov’s family suspects he was poisoned, according to Meduza. He was taken to a hospital after he started losing his sight, speech and ability to move around.

During the 2018 FIFA World Cup final in Russia between France and Croatia, Verzilov was one of four members of the famous punk rock group who rushed the field dressed as police officers. The demonstration served as a call to release political prisoners, end illegal detentions at political rallies, stop the policing of people’s political views on social media and push for more open political competition, according to The Guardian.

Pussy Riot members have repeatedly and prominently served as critics of Russian president Vladimir Putin’s government.

Verzilov and the other detained members at the World Cup were sentenced to 15 days in prison. They were banned from sporting events for three years.

During the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Verzilov was one of two Pussy Riot members detained by police in the midst of a countrywide crackdown on gay rights activists at the time. A day later, when the group tried to perform under a sign advertising the Sochi Olympics, Cossack militia attacked them. The group ended its boycott of the Olympics the next day and did not protest during any major sporting events again until intervening at the World Cup.

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