The Newsroom recaps the week in sport.
Suspended Titans players return ahead of Knights clash
The Gold Coast Titans are set to welcome back five key players ahead of this week’s clash against the Newcastle Knights. Representative players Greg Bird and Dave Taylor are among the names to return after being suspended due to allegations of cocaine use. Titan Ryan James could not have been happier about returning to the NRL saying the situation is “just great“.
Waugh’s words of wisdom
Former Australian cricket captain Steve Waugh paid a visit to the Australian World Cup squad this week. Hoping to boost the team’s spirits in time for the quarter final against Pakistan, Waugh’s mentoring role is aimed to help players cope with the pressures of playing a knockout game. Waugh successfully captained the Australian team to World Cup victory in 1999.
Waratahs lose great asset for this weekend
The Waratahs’ hopes of a reestablishing themselves as title contenders his season may have been ripped away with Test hooker Tatafu Polota-Nau being ruled out for this weekends clash against rivals the ACT Brumbies. Polota-Nau sustained a head knock during training this week to which the teams defence coach Nathan Grey has ruled him out. Tolu Latu will replace the Australian international.
What the Foo-key?
Some players change their name if it is difficult to pronounce. Guilherme Carbagiale Fuck has decided not to. The Canadian basketball star, whose German surname is pronounced ‘foo-key’, originally dropped his surname due to negative English connotations, but has since had a change of heart. Playing in the Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association, the six foot 6 basketballer is now comfortable with his identity and hopes to get people talking about his name for the right reasons. – Alice Boyd and Bonnie Baker
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