Wallabies’ newcomers thank old guard

Uncapped Wallaby squad members Jack Dempsey and Ned Hanigan have declared themselves ready to rip into Test rugby while expressing thanks to those they have replaced.


The two NSW Waratahs are among a new batch of backrowers called up by Wallabies coach Michael Cheika and are contenders to play at blindside flanker in the three June Tests.

Dempsey and Hanigan have thanked Scott Fardy and Dean Mumm – both left out of Cheika’s squad – for advice they have received from the two Wallabies stalwarts.

“These (dropped) guys are well established for a number of years and not having them in there is definitely lacking a lot of experience and leadership and guys pointing you in the right direction,” Dempsey said.

“Scott Fardy has had a a big influence on me during that (2016 Wallabies) spring tour in terms of the one-on-one tips he would give me on and off the field.

“But in saying that, knowing me and Ned quite well, we’re not going to shy away at all in terms of that side of it.

“We don’t lack any confidence in ripping in and having a dig, so that won’t be a problem on our end.”

Hanigan has been mentored by Mumm, who like him moved between the second and back rows.

“Dean has been such a role model for me, everything on and off the field,” Hanigan said.

“He just gives you those little tips, tricks of the trade, he’s been doing it for so long.

“You still look up to those guys. They are experienced in what they do.

“It’s definitely a shock (that they haven’t been selected), they are still playing good footy and we’re not taking this opportunity for granted.”

Hanigan, 22, missed the start of the campaign with a hamstring problem and Dempsey, 23, only returned last weekend after two months out with a broken foot.

“I gave myself a lot of doubt as to whether I’d be involved in this June period, so it (selection) definitely was a bit of a surprise,” Dempsey said.

Ironically it was Dempsey’s injury which opened up a Waratahs starting spot for Hanigan, who has played more as a lock.

“I think any second rower that gets a bit of a taste at blindside straight away starts calling himself a number six. I can play both,” Hanigan said.

Iraq bombing, Melbourne schoolgirl dies


– 12-year-old girl from suburban Thomastown

– Year seven student at Sirius College at Broadmeadows


– Zynab left for Iraq with her family on May 18 to visit her sick grandfather

– A bomb ripped through an ice-cream shop in Baghdad early on Tuesday morning local time, killing Zynab and wounding her mother and uncles

– IS claimed responsibility for the attack, in statements released online, saying its suicide bombers had targeted gatherings of Shi’ite Muslims

– A second car bomb also went off at rush hour, killing 14 and wounding at least 37 people

– Zynab’s body was buried in Iraq on Tuesday

– A memorial service will be held at Fawkner Mosque on Wednesday


“Another innocent killed by this violent tendency, this violent terrorist movement, that is gnawing away, seeking to destroy and pervert and blaspheme one of the great religions of the world.


” – Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull

“I still expect her to come and tease me and play around and make fun and jokes. She is too small to go so early.” – Cousin Layla Al-Saabary to Nine Network

“All of us are deeply distressed that one of our smiling students has been taken from us in a cruel act of violence that is beyond understanding.” – Sirius College executive principal Halid Serdar Takimoglu

“She was extremely dedicated. The biggest issue I had with her was her talking in class. She was loved by all of her friends.” – Sirius College English teacher Kiralee Mladenis

“This tragedy underscores the brutality of this terrorist organisation that shows no respect for religion, nationality, sovereignty, borders, no respect for humanity.” – Foreign Minister Julie Bishop

“All terrorism is evil, but there’s something truly insidious about targeting children. Fact is, ISIS don’t care where you come from, or what you believe, or who you pray to.” – Daniel Andrews on Facebook

“We are shocked and mortified and extremely sad that a young girl could be killed in that way. It’s senseless.” – Adel Salman, vice president of the Islamic Council of Victoria

Tributes flow for pilots in SA plane crash

Three Adelaide men killed in a light plane crash in South Australia’s Riverland region have been remembered as well-respected and experienced pilots.


Their plane crashed on Tuesday afternoon and a search party found the wreckage around 4km west of the Renmark Aerodrome, northeast of Adelaide, that evening.

Charter flight company Rossair owned the Cessna Conquest aircraft and has confirmed its Chief Pilot Martin Scott, 48, and returning pilot Paul Daw, 65, were on board.

Civil Aviation Safety Authority inspector Stephen Guerin, 56, was also on the plane observing the flight as part of the authority’s routine safety work.

Rossair says the flight was for training purposes as Mr Daw, who had more than 40 years experience as a pilot, was rejoining its team.

He was just days off stepping down as Chief Pilot at Adelaide’s Bruce Hartwig Flying School in order to take on the role.

The school said it was deeply saddened by the death of the “well-known, highly experienced and respected senior pilot”.

“We will all miss our dear friend and valued colleague,” it posted on Facebook on Wednesday.

Rossair also paid tribute to Mr Daw and Mr Scott, noting the latter had helped the charter company to expand.

“The role of any chief pilot in an aviation organisation is one that requires leadership, mentoring and robust flying skills – and Martin delivered on all those accounts,” the company’s executives said in a statement.

The Civil Aviation Safety Authority said Mr Guerin would be remembered by his colleagues as “passionate about aviation, meticulous about safety and widely respected”.

“He was active in community service and known as a ‘true gentleman’,” the authority said in a statement.

Australian Transport Safety Bureau investigators have travelled to the Riverland from Adelaide, Canberra and Sydney to piece together what happened when the plane crashed during a return flight from Adelaide to the SA Riverland.

Adding tobacco won’t make you more stoned

The addition of tobacco to a cannabis joint does nothing to heighten the experience of being stoned, experts say, although it might make you less forgetful.


They say this dispels the myth that adding tobacco to cannabis makes users more stoned.

The authors of a small new study say smoking tobacco with cannabis “does not improve the subjective effects of cannabis, and makes it more harmful to one’s physical health”.

Experts from University College London (UCL) set out to assess how the drug and tobacco interact when mixed together in joints – which is how the majority of European users consume cannabis.

Their study, published in the journal Psychological Medicine, examined 24 healthy, non-dependent but experienced users of cannabis and tobacco.

Each took part in four sessions of smoking joints that included cannabis and tobacco, cannabis and a placebo, tobacco and a placebo, or just the placebo of both.

They also undertook assessments for both episodic and spatial memory, had their heart rate and blood pressure monitored and self-reported feelings of being stoned or dizzy.

Consistent with previous studies, the researchers found that cannabis impaired the participants’ memory but adding tobacco reduced this impairment.

They found tobacco had no effect on users’ experience of being stoned.

“There’s a persistent myth that adding tobacco to cannabis will make you more stoned, but we found that actually, it does nothing to improve the subjective experience,” said the study’s lead author, Chandni Hindocha of UCL’s Clinical Psychopharmacology Unit.

“Tobacco’s ability to reduce the memory-impairing effects of cannabis may be part of why people add it to their joints.

“Surprisingly little research has been done on how tobacco might alter the effects of cannabis. As cannabis gets legalised in more countries, it is essential that any changes in cannabis policy consider their interrelationship.”

AOC media man reprimanded in bullying case

Australian Olympic Committee (AOC) media director Mike Tancred is facing more bullying claims after being reprimanded for abusing the organisation’s former chief executive.


Tancred has been cleared of bullying ex-AOC chief Fiona de Jong because his actions weren’t repetitive, an independent committee found.

But he remains stood down from his role as investigations continue into separate bullying claims against him by other AOC staffers.

De Jong accused Tancred of bullying her after she quit as AOC chief executive last December.

The AOC formed an independent committee of three former judges to rule on de Jong’s claim.

The committee ruled Tancred’s conduct “does not rise to the level of bullying because it was not repetitive conduct against Ms de Jong”, the AOC said in a statement on Wednesday.

But the committee found Tancred’s actions amounted to “disreputable conduct” which breached an AOC ethical behaviour by-law.

“The sanction determined by the independent committee is that Mr Tancred be severely reprimanded for his conduct, which will form part of his employment record,” the AOC said.

“The independent committee will continue investigations into separate complaints which have been made by other persons against Mr Tancred … (who) will remain stood down.”

Tancred was not immediately available for comment.

He stood down from his job on April 26 pending the outcome of the de Jong investigation.

De Jong, who quit as AOC chief last December, alleged Tancred threatened her and her family.

She lodged a formal complaint at the time but only went public with the claims during a bitter election battle for the AOC presidency.

Incumbent president John Coates retained the role from challenger Danni Roche at a vote earlier this month.

De Jong said last month that Tancred’s case was among a dozen instances of workplace harassment in the AOC from 2004 to last year.

Those claims prompted the AOC to commit to an independent review into its workplace practices – a review separate to the bullying investigations.

Frawley not rushing his chance at Bulldogs

Canterbury five-eighth Matt Frawley is all too aware the Bulldogs’ current run of games without Josh Reynolds could be the most important of his young NRL career.


But after two years of waiting in reserve grade, the composed 22-year-old isn’t about to blow his chance by creating a highlights-only reel as he pushes for a future starting spot.

Frawley has been one of the revelations of the 11th-placed Bulldogs’ season in 2017 since making his debut alongside Reynolds against Brisbane in round five.

He has since been a regular part of Canterbury’s 17, coming off the bench when they are at full strength before Reynolds was ruled out for five weeks with a hamstring injury.

How Frawley’s role changes in 2018 is unknown, with Reynolds headed to the Tigers and Kiwi five-eighth Kieran Foran set to arrive.

“Obviously I’m aware of everything that is happening and there is going to be a bit of a reshuffle there,” Frawley said.

“But you can’t look at next year.

“You’ve just got to break it down week to week and not getting too carried away with the big picture.

“I realise it’s an opportunity for me and I want to keep taking my opportunities.”

The secret behind that patient approach is his long run in the NSW Cup, Frawley said.

While most young playmakers are brought out of the attack-first junior system or considered too old to make the cut after graduating, Frawley is an exception.

Unsigned by Canberra, he joined Canterbury at the start of 2015 but was forced to watch on as 18th man a number of times earlier this season before finally getting his chance.

It is that more senior approach he is relying on to push his case to coach Des Hasler.

“Playing against men made me play a more tough grinding style of footy than coming out of 20s, which is all about attack and not building a game,” he said.

“Now I’m playing in first grade you’ve got to rely on that style of play even more.”

Frawley will be in the unusual position of being more experienced in the five-eighth role at NRL level when Canterbury take on Penrith this Sunday.

The Panthers have named regular fullback Matt Moylan at No.6 for the first time in his NRL career, having only played professionally in the halves once in State of Origin.

Frawley said he believed Moylan would be a natural fit there for Penrith.

“It probably doesn’t change too much,” Frawley said.

“He’s a really good ball-player, and he plays as a five-eighth anyway. He runs the show out there, he and (halfback Nathan) Cleary seem to have a good relationship.”

Veteran Myles looms as unlikely Qld hero

A veteran prop who can’t make his NRL club’s starting team has emerged as a depleted Queensland’s potential saviour.


In what looms as a classic State of Origin comeback, Manly bench forward Nate Myles – 32 next month – has been tipped to fill the void left by Test prop Matt Scott (knee) in Wednesday’s opener in Brisbane.

Myles has only started for the Sea Eagles twice this season but was one of the first picked by a Maroons outfit with more than 100 Origin games’ worth of experience missing.

Besides Scott, the Maroons are without Johnathan Thurston (shoulder), Billy Slater (overlooked), Greg Inglis (knee) and Corey Parker (retired).

Myles will partner debutant Dylan Napa in the front row, moving to Origin game No.32 and sixth overall on the all-time list alongside Mal Meninga.

“He becomes very important particularly at the start of the game,” Queensland coach Kevin Walters said of Myles.

“And he’s got Dylan with him, who is making his debut.

“It’s great for Dylan to know someone is beside you like Nate who has played 31 Origins during a very successful era.

“We still believe he (Myles) still has got a great Origin experience coming from within him.”

Myles will move one game short of Origin’s most capped prop, Petero Civoniceva, despite averaging 32 minutes and 75 running metres a game for Manly this year.

Maroons playmaker Cooper Cronk hoped Myles featured in another backs against the wall response from Queensland.

“There is still a lot talent and self belief in this team,” Cronk said before his 20th Origin.

“And just go back through history. Queensland haven’t had the best list of players on paper but they have had the effort and that is what Origin is about.”

Queensland will also be out to celebrate skipper Cameron Smith’s record 40th Origin and at the other end of the scale, Napa and five-eighth Anthony Milford’s debuts.

“It’s a big occasion for Cameron but we also have two boys on debut and Cooper is playing his 20th game,” Walters said.

“There are some special milestones around the team but I think what is most important is that each player gets in and has a crack on the night.”

Gun AFL mids set to square off at Simonds

The prospect of Patrick Dangerfield going head to head with close friend, former teammate and fellow Brownlow Medal fancy Rory Sloane shapes as the most-intriguing aspect of Friday night’s table-topping AFL clash at Simonds Stadium.


Third-placed Geelong have won their four most-recent matches against ladder leaders Adelaide, although Cats coach Chris Scott insists that impressive record will count for next to nothing.

“The most relevant thing is they’re the best team in the competition at the moment and, without underselling our upside, to an extent we’re chasing them,” Scott said on Wednesday.

“If we spend too much time patting ourselves on the back at things we’ve done well against them, I think we’ll be in for a rude shock.”

Former Crow Dangerfield is the $4.25 favourite with bookmakers William Hill to win a second-straight Brownlow Medal, with Sloane on the second line of betting at $5.

Neither Scott nor his Crows counterpart Don Pyke tend to favour the use of a negating tagger, raising the enticing prospect of the two prime movers spending considerable time squaring off against each other.

“(Sloane) is very, very rarely just an offensive player, although he’s very good in the contest and very good with the ball,” said Scott.

“History would suggest he’s played his best when he’s beaten a quality opposition player and worked off him as well.”

The Cats are almost certain to bring back experienced defender Tom Lonergan on Friday night as they look to blunt the most-potent offensive unit in the AFL.

The Crows have amassed 1241 points in 10 games this season, almost 200 more than Geelong, who boast the second-best attack in the league.

“They are a forward line where, if one doesn’t get you, the other one will,” said Scott.

“I could go on and on about the challenges they present.”

Eddie Betts is in fourth spot in the Coleman Medal race with 31 goals, while Adelaide captain Taylor Walker is tied for ninth with 25.

Scott also noted the threat presented by less-heralded duo Tom Lynch and Andy Otten.

“When their midfield is on top, they give them pretty good delivery so it’s multi-faceted,” said Scott.

“If you stop them marking the ball, they’ve proved they’re really dangerous as well and the wet slippery conditions don’t bother them too much.”

Lonergan, 33, sat out the two-point win over the Power last weekend, but is almost certain to return to take on the Crows.

Pippa and hubby take to air above Sydney

Pippa Middleton is doing Sydney in style on her honeymoon with a run in the shadows of the Harbour Bridge, a seaplane flight to an exclusive restaurant for lunch, and five-star views of the Vivid light festival.


Middleton and new husband James Matthews landed at Sydney airport on Tuesday night after initially holidaying on the private French Polynesian island of Tetiaro following their May 20 wedding.

They reportedly flew into Australia from New Zealand.

The celebrity couple is rumoured to be staying at the Park Hyatt in the Rocks, which offers panoramic views of the harbour.

The keen runners started Wednesday with a morning jog before later boarding a water taxi which took them past the Opera House to Rose Bay.

There they jumped on a Sydney Seaplanes flight to the secluded Cottage Point Inn for lunch.

The restaurant, frequented by the rich and famous, is nestled in Ku-Ring-Gai Chase National Park.

The inn’s new owner, Ally Olesen, had no idea they were coming until the press descended on the waterfront restaurant which has previously entertained the likes of Westfield chairman Frank Lowy, Dustin Hoffmann, Jerry Seinfeld and Cameron Diaz.

“It’s chaos,” she told AAP on Wednesday.

“We’re surprised and flattered they chose us – we’re very lucky.”

The couple’s seaplane returned to the Rose Bay wharf about 4pm as a light drizzle fell.

Middleton offered up a friendly wave to waiting photographers and reporters before the group again climbed aboard a water taxi.

Pippa is the younger sister of Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge.

After their lavish wedding, the couple initially honeymooned at The Brando, a luxury resort on Tetiaro.

Kate’s brother-in-law, Prince Harry, is due in Sydney next week.

Harry will officially launch the countdown to the 2018 Invictus Games on June 7.

Manchester bomber ‘acted alone’: police

Salman Abedi bought most of the key component parts of the suicide bomb he detonated in the Manchester Arena terror attack, police say.


Many of his movements and actions in the four days after his return to the UK from Libya leading up to the May 22 atrocity were also carried out alone but detectives have not ruled out that he was part of “a wider network”.

Eleven people remain in custody for questioning following a series of raids across the country as three men – two aged 20 and 24 from the Fallowfield area and a 37-year-old from Blackley – were released without charge on Tuesday.

Updating the “huge progress” made in the inquiry, Detective Chief Superintendent Russ Jackson, head of the North West counter terrorism unit, said: “Much of the investigation has been painstakingly working through Salman Abedi’s last movements. We have done this by examining his movements on CCTV and other interactions he has had, whether it be with people or the phone calls he has made.

“With specialist support we have also have a good understanding of the likely component parts of the bomb and where these came from.

“Our inquiries show Abedi himself made most of the purchases of the core components and what is becoming apparent is that many of his movements and actions have been carried out alone during the four days from him landing in the country and committing this awful attack.

“It is vital that we make sure that he is not part of a wider network and we cannot rule this out yet. There remain a number of things that concern us about his behaviour prior to the attack and those of his associates which we need to get to the bottom of.”

British-born Abedi had a “relatively minor” criminal record as a teenager but was not known to police for holding extremist views.

Greater Manchester Police Chief Constable Ian Hopkins said charges of conspiracy to murder could be brought as a result of the huge investigation into Abedi’s suspected network.

Twenty-two people were killed and dozens of others seriously injured when the bomber struck after a concert by American singer Ariana Grande.

Justin Bieber, Katy Perry, Coldplay and a host of other international music stars will join Grande at a benefit concert for victims on Sunday.

On Tuesday night Liam Gallagher played his first solo gig in Manchester, with profits donated to the families of the terror attack victims.