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Filo Tiatia has promised to shake up the Sunwolves following a disappointing debut se
Filo Tiatia has promised to shake up the Sunwolves following a disappointing debut season in Super Rugby as Japan eyes a boost ahead of the 2019 World Cup. Pedro Chelsea Jersey . But the former All Black, who was appointed last month on a two-year deal, asked fans for their patience as the inexperienced team face a daunting start to the new season with a showdown against the defending champions Hurricanes in February.We are trying to improve a lot of areas, said Tiatia in his first press conference as head coach, joined by Japans new head coach Jamie Joseph. This is going to be our second year so we have got a lot of learning to do. But we are going to continue to keep improving as well. Watch NOW TV Watch Sky Sports for just £6.99. No contract. The Sunwolves joined an expanded 18-team Super Rugby competition this year following Japans astonishing performance at last years World Cup where the Brave Blossoms won three pool games, including a 34-32 shock upset over two-time champions South Africa.But delays bringing in players and coaching staff sabotaged the teams preparations and as expected, they have struggled in the southern hemispheres elite club competition, slumping to a record of one win, one draw and 13 defeats.They hit rock bottom in a 92-17 humiliation by the Cheetahs in April, prompting criticism from former Japan national coach Eddie Jones, now in charge of England, who slammed the Sunwolves lack of depth as embarrassing. The Sunwolves won just one of their 15 fixtures in their maiden Super Rugby season Jamie Joseph, another former All Black who began his Japanese assignment this year, emphasised alignment between the Brave Blossoms and the Sunwolves as a means to bolster the performance of Japanese players ahead of the 2019 World Cup.I will help out anyway I can to make the Sunwolves more competitive in the global arena and to please fans, said Joseph.Tiatia made clear that the speed and physical strength of players would be in focus as the team looks to improve on what they achieved last season.We are trying to find players that can represent the country first and foremost, he said.Japanese rugby chiefs have made no secret of their desire for the countrys top players to turn out for the Sunwolves.But despite bumper crowds supporting the team, several marquee Japan players snubbed the Sunwolves to sign for other clubs on more lucrative contracts, including Japan captain Michael Leitch and full-back Ayumu Goromaru.You can watch Englands November internationals, plus Premier League football and the Japan Grand Prix on Sky Sports. Upgrade now and enjoy three months at half price! Also See: Super Rugby format retained WATCH: Top 10 tries of 2016 Rugby on Sky Follow us @SkySportsRugby Ross Barkley Chelsea Jersey . "Hes over there," the first baseman said. "You dont need to talk to anybody else." Indeed, Peralta did it all as the majors top team won again. Callum Hudson-Odoi Jersey . Moors, from Cambridge Ont., landed a double-twisting, double somersault in the layout position, en route to a score of 14.600 points in the womens floor exercise, more than a full point ahead of runner-up Pia Tolle of Germany. .  Arsene Wenger reportedly wants to convert the player into an attacking force, much like he did with Robin Van Persie.ESTERO, Fla. -- Pittsburgh Penguins star centre Sidney Crosbys right wrist appears to be on the road to recovery. The reigning NHL MVP said Friday hes pleased with the way his wrist has responded to treatment over the summer and is anxious for training camp to begin as the Penguins try to recover from their second-round collapse in the playoffs. "Its good," Crosby said. "You want to see how things progress throughout the summer once you start skating and get back to that regular routine. You want to see how it reacts so Im happy with the way its gone." Crosby led the NHL with 104 points on his way to a second Hart Trophy as the leagues top player, but scored just one goal in 13 playoff games as Pittsburgh fell to the New York Rangers in seven games after blowing a 3-1 lead. He insisted in the aftermath he was healthy only to reveal hed been dealing with the wrist for the latter part of the season. The 27-year-old considered surgery before opting to wait and see if further treatment would produce the desired results. He looked just fine skating alongside fellow NHLers Nathan MacKinnon and Matt Duchene of the Colorado Avalanche, Jonathan Tavares and Kyle Okposo of the New York Islanders and the Toronto Maple Leafs David Clarkson under the direction of trainer Matt Belfry. Crosby likened the workouts to "hockey school" because it allows players to focus on fundamentals and individual skill work, an opportunity the long slog through the regular season doesnt often provide. "Its just refreshing things, relearning things as you can," Crosby said. When Crosby returns to Pittsburgh before camp begins next month, hell find the landscape far different than the one he left in May. The team fired general manager RRay Shero and coach Dan Bylsma as part of a massive front office restructuring after the franchise failed for the fifth straight season to reach the Stanley Cup final. Marcin Bulka Jersey. The Penguins tabbed former Carolina GM Jim Rutherford to replace Shero. Rutherford went through a lengthy coaching search before settling on Mike Johnston, whose first job running the show in the NHL will be in a crucible where any spring that doesnt end with a championship is a disappointment. "Were going to have some new faces in the dressing room trying to get that momentum and get a fresh start," Crosby said. "Were not happy with the way things ended last year." Crosby doesnt believe the expectations need to change even though defencemen Brooks Orpik and Matt Niskanen and All-Star forward James Neal left in the off-season. "The organization is committed to winning," Crosby said. "We have opportunities as players to be successful every year. As far as the team is concerned, I think were in a great position to win every year. Well do our best to do our part." The camp also gave Crosby a chance to hang out with rookie of the year and good friend Nathan MacKinnon. Both former No. 1 overall picks hail from Cole Harbour, Nova Scotia, Canada. Crosby is well versed in what it takes to cope with being deemed a franchise saviour, not that MacKinnon needs much help after scoring 63 points and helping the Avalanche back to the post-season for the first time in four years. "I can relate to a lot of things hes going through," Crosby said. "Hes handled it pretty well. You see the way hes playing the first year with the Calder Trophy. Hes just going to get better. Its a matter of being there for him." ' ' '

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