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Salford City Reds sack head coach Phil Veivers

Salford sack head coach Veivers after just five games of the Super League season

By
Aidan Mccartney

PUBLISHED:

14:07 GMT, 3 March 2013

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UPDATED:

17:55 GMT, 3 March 2013

Salford City Reds have parted company with head coach Phil Veivers with the club bottom of Super League.

The 48-year-old's dismissal comes following their fourth loss in five games as the Reds went down 38-4 to their fellow strugglers London Broncos on Friday.

The announcement came today just five weeks after the club was taken over by racehorse owner Dr Marwan Koukash who has big plans for the future of the club.

In a statement on the club’s official website, CEO Ed Farish said: ‘We have had to look at the whole business and what is right for the Club.

Dismissed: Veivers has been stood down as coach of the Reds

Dismissed: Veivers (pictured) has been stood down as coach of the Reds

‘The results speak for themselves and it was felt a change must be made to allow our progression to continue on the field as well as off it.

‘We thank Phil for his efforts during an extremely difficult close season and wish him all the best for the future.’

After Friday’s embarrassing defeat Dr Koukash had warned that ‘things have to change and changes will be made.’

Dramatic: Salford had secured their first win of the season last weekend after defeating Hull KR 38-34

Dramatic: Salford had secured their first win of the season last weekend after defeating Hull KR 38-34

The decision comes after only one Reds win since July and the side have started the season in disastrous fashion sitting at the foot of the Super League ladder having conceded almost 200 points.

Head of Youth Development Alan Hunte will take over the coaching duties for the trip to Wakefield next weekend.

After making Australian Ed Farish his chief executive and appointing New Zealanders Andrew Chalmers and Graham Lowe to his board of directors, Koukash seems certain to go down the same route with Veivers' successor.

Lowe, who succeeded Steve Simms as director of rugby, returned to Auckland yesterday and is expected to lead the search for the new man.
National coaches Tim Sheens (Australia) and Stephen Kearney (New Zealand) are both without club ties but are unlikely to be available until 2014 as they focus exclusively on preparations for the 2013 World Cup.

Sheens has spent the last seven days in Britain and Ireland on a fact-finding mission and confirmed to Press Association Sport that he would be looking to get back into club coaching after the World Cup, ‘whether that be in Australia or England’.

Former New Zealand coach Brian McClennan, who took Leeds to Grand-Final glory in 2008 and 2009, could come into the reckoning, along with former Great Britain boss Brian Noble, who is keen to get backing into coaching after leaving Crusaders at the end of 2009.

NFL: Jacksonville Jaguars to play San Francisco 49ers at Wembley in 2013

Look who's coming to town… Jacksonville Jaguars to host 49ers at Wembley next year

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10:04 GMT, 11 October 2012

The San Francisco 49ers will be the opponents for the Jacksonville Jaguars at Wembley Stadium next year.

The Jaguars have already been confirmed as the 'home' team for the Wembley fixture in each year between 2013 and 2016.

Jaguars owner Shad Khan confirmed the match-up against the 49ers while attending the Leaders in Sport conference in London.

Pretty in pink: The Jacksonville Jaguars cheerleaders will be heading to London next year

Pretty in pink: The Jacksonville Jaguars cheerleaders will be heading to London next year

London calling: Jaguars' stars Russell Allen and Terrance Knighton (96) will hope to be involved at Wembley next year

London calling: Jaguars' stars Russell Allen and Terrance Knighton (96) will hope to be involved at Wembley next year

'Everyone associated with the
Jacksonville Jaguars is very much looking forward to our four home games
in London through 2016, and we're particularly thrilled and honoured
that our first opponent will be the San Francisco 49ers,' Khan said.

'This
is a unique and important opportunity for the Jaguars franchise, as
well as for our fans and community. To share this stage in our first
year at Wembley with a rising power like the 49ers will bring additional
attention and respect to what we're trying to achieve as a franchise.
We can't wait to see our global vision for the Jaguars become reality
next season.'

Return: San Francisco 49ers were the home team at Wembley in 2010

Return: San Francisco 49ers were the home team at Wembley in 2010

The 49ers were the 'home' team at Wembley in 2010, beating the Denver Broncos 24-16.

'The
49ers are excited and privileged to once again serve as ambassadors for
the NFL and the game of football internationally,' said 49ers chief
executive officer Jed York.

'Our
2010 experience in London was tremendous. The atmosphere at Wembley
Stadium on game day was electric. The ability for us to share 49ers
football with our faithful fans internationally is a treat for everyone
in our organisation.'

This year's Wembley game will see the St Louis Rams play the New England Patriots on October 28.

Different ball game: This year's popular NFL fixture at Wembley will see the St Louis Rams entertain the New England Patriots

Different ball game: This year's popular NFL fixture at Wembley will see the St Louis Rams entertain the New England Patriots

Sports pictures of the day: September 18

Sports images of the day: Our picture editor's selection

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14:09 GMT, 18 September 2012

Each day, MailOnline sports picture editor Dave Muir will choose his favourite photographs from around the world in the past 24 hours.

Enjoy today's selection right here…

Up above: The illuminated Marina Bay Street Circuit ahead of the Singapore F1 Grand Prix

Up above: The illuminated Marina Bay Street Circuit ahead of the Singapore F1 Grand Prix

Football time: Members of NFL's Atlanta Falcons take the field before facing the Denver Broncos

Football time: Members of NFL's Atlanta Falcons take the field before facing the Denver Broncos

On the move: Rasmus Brandstrup Sterebo of Denmark competes during the under-23 men's time-trial

On the move: Rasmus Brandstrup Sterebo of Denmark competes during the under-23 men's time-trial

Thwack: Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark hits a shot against Arantxa Ros

Thwack: Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark hits a shot against Arantxa Ros

Top of the pile: Shola Ameobi celebrates as Newcastle come back from behind against Everton

Top of the pile: Shola Ameobi celebrates as Newcastle come back from behind against Everton

London Broncos 48 Hull KR 42: Kieran Dixon try double

London Broncos 48 Hull KR 42: Dixon and Robertson end on a high

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15:29 GMT, 8 September 2012

Kieran Dixon and Michael Robertson
ran in two tries each as the Broncos ended their Stobart Super League
season on a high by beating Hull KR 48-42.

The full-back and winger grabbed a
try apiece in each half as the Londoners made it four wins from their
final five games of the campaign in a thrilling finale.

Victory is ours: Broncos' Olsi Krasniqi celebrates his try

Victory is ours: Broncos' Olsi Krasniqi celebrates his try

For Rovers it was a disappointing finish having had their play-off hopes ended by Wigan last week.

With David Hodgson missing due to a hamstring tear, Rovers coach Craig Sandercock elected to give a senior debut to winger Nick Johnson.

For the Broncos, Chris Bailey and Dan Sarginson returned to the starting line-up, with hooker Julien Rinaldi beginning his final game before retirement among the replacements.

The hosts made the brighter start, Robertson giving London an early lead when he claimed Luke Dorn's kick to crash over.

Around the Horne: Chris Bailey drives past Hull Kar's Graham Horne to score

Around the Horne: Chris Bailey drives past Hull Kar's Graham Horne to score

And things got even better for the Broncos 10 minutes in, Omari Caro intercepting a Michael Dobson pass and showing an impressive burst of pace to surge the length of the field and touch down.

Battling to ensure they avoided finishing bottom of the pile, it was the men from the capital who were asking most of the questions, prompted by the ever-alert Craig Gower.

London should have stretched further ahead midway through the half, but Chad Randall was unable to wrestle the ball free having wriggled to the line.

Not this time: Hull KR's Nick Johnson is tackled by Mike McMeeken (right) and Olsi Krasniqi (left)

Not this time: Hull KR's Nick Johnson is tackled by Mike McMeeken (right) and Olsi Krasniqi (left)

Ben Galea, in his last game in Rovers colours, was trying hard to lift the visitors, but each time the Robins got deep into London territory a risky pass cost them dear.

And that profligacy came to the fore again after 24 minutes, David Howell blocking a Dobson grubber and engineering a counterattack that saw Chris Bailey release Dixon to scorch home from inside his own half.

Rovers were offering precious little, and London stretched even further ahead when Bailey was first to ground a Gower grubber as it rolled beyond the posts.

Not today: London's Luke Dorn is held up

Not today: London's Luke Dorn is held up

The visitors finally got on the board seven minutes before the break, Micky Paea dumping Olsi Krasniqi on the ground as he rumbled to the line.

Suddenly Rovers had a spring in their step and they added a further try before the break, Richard Beaumont finishing off good work from Dobson.

Any thoughts of a drop in the scoring after the interval were quickly put to bed after 45 minutes, Dixon adding his second score in the corner after good hands from Mark Bryant and Sarginson.

The tries kept on coming, Dave Peterson the next to cross after good work from Craig Hall as Rovers once again hauled themselves back into the contest.

In with a shout: Krasniqi scores for the Broncos

In with a shout: Krasniqi scores for the Broncos

Each time the visitors sniffed a chance though the Londoners hit back, Robertson adding his second score after 55 minutes, with Dobson sin-binned for dissent in the aftermath of the score.

To their credit the Robins did add a score when down to 12 men, Chris Heil burrowing over in the corner.

And things took another turn when Sandercock's men struck again shortly afterwards, Mika shrugging off four tacklers to touch down.

The home fans thought they were able to breathe a sigh of relief when Krasniqi rumbled over after good work from Rinaldi, but they still needed a late Dorn try after Rovers scores from Galea, Mika and Dobson in the closing moments.

Gower was on form with the boot for the home side with eight successful kicks. For Hull KR Dobson landed four kicks and Hall one.

St Helens 30 London Broncos 0: Wellens double inspires Saints

St Helens 30 London Broncos 0: Wellens double inspires Saints

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21:39 GMT, 31 August 2012

Saints skipper Paul Wellens struck at the double to move his side nearer a top four play-off spot.

Mark Flanagan also crossed twice for Saints who led only 6-0 until just before the break.

The Broncos were in confident mood
after three wins in a row – the last a 62-18 hammering of cup winners
Warrington a fortnight ago.

Going over: Paul Wellens scores the fourth try for St Helens

Going over: Paul Wellens scores the fourth try for St Helens

London were missing Chris Bailey, Chris Melling and Michael Witt, with Dan Sarginson still out after a month's absence with an ankle problem.

Saints welcomed back Jon Wilkin and Josh Jones to compensate for the loss of Michael Shenton and Chris Flannery.

Saints, who won 34-24 at the Stoop on the opening day of the season, took only three minutes to go ahead when Tony Puletua burst on to a James Roby pass to score near the posts and Jonny Lomax converted.

Saints took advantage of a high tackle by Tony Clubb on Roby in the build-up to Puletua's opener.

Clubb made amends by intercepting a Lomax pass to deny Saints a second try and Broncos hit back to apply pressure.

Referee Richard Silverwood awarded 10 penalties in a stop-start opening 17 minutes. Saints introduced Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook off the bench midway through the first half and he immediately made his presence felt against his old club with some tough tackling.

A storming burst by Sol Soliola tested the Broncos defence, which was equal to the task until another penalty allowed Lomax to carve out a try for Mark Flanagan after 35 minutes.

Lomax missed the straightforward conversion to leave Saints ahead 10-0 with Paul Wellens having a try disallowed just before the break for a forward pass.

Saints made a storming start to the second half with Luke Dorn, making his 200th appearance in the British game, forced to race back to pull off a try-saving tackle on Francis Meli.

But a blunder by Omari Caro, who failed to collect a Lomax kick, led to Flanagan's second try after 45 minutes to make it 14-0.

Then Wellens added Saints' fourth touchdown to score for his fifth successive match but Lomax missed his third conversion from four attempts.

Clubb was held up over the line for the Broncos before Wellens took Puletua's pass to grab his second try and make it 24-0 on the hour.

Dorn almost notched a Broncos try in front of the 13,262 crowd but was recalled for a forward pass from Chad Randall.

London held out until Anthony Laffranchi crashed over for the final try in the last minute

Warrington 35 Leeds 15: Wolves win Challenge Cup at Wembley

Warrington 35 Leeds 18: Agony for Rhinos as Wolves toast famous Wembley triumph

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15:55 GMT, 25 August 2012

The heartache goes on for Leeds after they made Wembley history with a third consecutive Carnegie Challenge Cup final defeat as Warrington lifted the trophy for the third time in four years.

The Rhinos threatened to end their 13-year wait to get their hands on the famous silverware when they led 8-6 after 23 minutes, but a scoring burst of three tries in 10 minutes early in the second half provided decisive.

Leeds are masters of the Super League, with five Grand Final wins in eight years, but the Challenge Cup continues to elude them as they succumbed to a sixth final defeat since their 1999 win over London Broncos.

Cheer we go: Warrington players celebrate their third try scored by Chris Riley during the Carnegie Challenge Cup Final at Wembley

Cheer we go: Warrington players celebrate their third try scored by Chris Riley during the Carnegie Challenge Cup Final at Wembley

The game, which drew a 79,180 crowd,
had been fiercely contested and was finely balanced until Warrington,
having benefited from a crucial decision by video referee Phil Bentham
to disallow a Leeds try early in the second half, cut loose with veteran
full-back Brett Hodgson leading the way in a man-of-the-match
performance.

Hodgson supplied the final passes to
the key tries and scored the last of his side's six touchdowns as well
as kicking five goals to claim the prestigious Lance Todd Trophy, three
years after he was on the losing side in Huddersfield's Wembley defeat
by the Wolves.

The Rhinos fans must have feared a
repeat of their 30-6 mauling from 2010 when Warrington winger Joel
Monaghan opened the scoring just six minutes into the action.

Touching down: Warrington's Riley goes over for his try

Touching down: Warrington's Riley goes over for his try

Touch the sky: Try hero Riley celebrates with a personal dedication at Wembley

Touch the sky: Try hero Riley celebrates with a personal dedication at Wembley

Smart offloads from Ben Harrison and
Chris Hill created an opening for scrum-half Richie Myler, who had the
vision to spot Monaghan in space out on the right flank and found him
with a pinpoint kick.

Hodgson's angled conversion made it
6-0 and they might have doubled their score had the full-back provided a
more accurate final pass to second rower Ben Westwood after piercing
the first line of defence.

But Leeds had already shown signs
that this was not going to be a walkover, with former England captain
Jamie Peacock setting a tremendous early example with two storming runs
through the heart of the Wolves defence.

Back-to-back penalties got the Rhinos
into the danger zone and substitute forward Ian Kirke took skipper
Kevin Sinfield's pass to barge past three defenders and stretch out of
the tackle to score his first try for 14 months.

Clash of the titans: Leeds' Ryan Bailey squares up to Warrington's Garreth Carvell

Clash of the titans: Leeds' Ryan Bailey squares up to Warrington's Garreth Carvell

Sinfield levelled the scores with the
conversion, just before a torrential downpour, and edged his side in
front four minutes later with a penalty awarded for a punch by Paul Wood
on Carl Ablett.

The rain threatened to ruin the game,
with Warrington's Hill and Trent Waterhouse both spilling possession,
but a run of penalties against the Yorkshiremen helped produce another
momentum shift.

As the rain disappeared as quickly as
it had arrived, slick handling by Michael Monaghan and Myler got
Waterhouse into his stride and he proved unstoppable from 10 metres out.

Hodgson's second goal made it 12-8
but Sinfield pulled two points back with a second penalty on the stroke
of half-time and Leeds thought they had re-taken the lead early in the
second half.

Making a fist of it: Leeds' Ian Kirke scores their first try but it was not enough for the defeated Rhinos

Making a fist of it: Leeds' Ian Kirke scores their first try but it was not enough for the defeated Rhinos

When Hodgson lost possession in a
crunching tackle from Rhinos prop Kylie Leuluai while attempting to
clear his line, second rower Brett Delaney picked up the loose ball and
touched down.

The video referee ruled out any foul
play but disallowed the try for a knock-on and Warrington made the most
of the let-off with two quickfire tries, with Hodgson quickly recovering
from the heavy blow to supply both final passes.

Leeds found themselves under
intolerable pressure after conceding successive goal-line drop-outs and
it told when Hodgson combined with Ryan Atkins to get winger Chris Riley
over on 49 minutes.

Done and dusted: Warrington's Ryan Atkins scores their third try to put them on their way to a famous victory

Done and dusted: Warrington's Ryan Atkins scores their third try to put them on their way to a famous victory

Five minutes later, following another
drop-out, Warrington again attacked the Leeds right and Hodgson's long
pass enabled Atkins to go over.

The Wolves were oozing with
confidence by then and four minutes later substitute Tyrone McCarthy
went over for his side's fifth try after Westwood squeezed out a pass
from a tackle close to the line.

Briers put his side four scores in
front with a drop goal and Hodgson went through a tiring Leeds defence
for a deserved try, rendering later tries from Rhinos centre Kallum
Watkins little more than consolation.

Tony Rea announced as London Broncos head coach

Rea performs U-turn to accept Broncos head coach role on permanent basis

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11:53 GMT, 21 August 2012

Staying put: Rea has accepted the offer to become Bronco's head coach

Staying put: Rea has accepted the offer to become Bronco's head coach

London Broncos have appointed interim head coach Tony Rea as the long-term successor to Rob Powell with immediate effect.

The 45-year-old Rea, who was head coach of the Londoners from 2000-06, returned from Australia to take charge of the last seven matches of the season and has now signed a two-year contract.

Broncos chairman David Hughes said: 'We've had lots of applications and have given them all due consideration but I think Tony Rea is the man for the job.'

The announcement represents a change of heart by Rea, who initially returned to the club as a favour for Hughes and insisted he had no intention of making the appointment permanent.

However, after masterminding three consecutive victories, including a 62-18 rout of Challenge Cup finalists Warrington last Friday, the former Brisbane Broncos hooker was happy to perform a U-turn when offered the position by the chairman.

'He came sat me down and asked me to think about it and it was purely a coaching decision,' Rea said. 'If I scratch myself hard enough, I did miss coaching.'

Rea, who spent 13 years at the Broncos after joining them as a player from Brisbane in 1994, is synonymous with the club's most successful era.

He was their chief executive when they finished as Super League runners-up to Bradford in 1997 and reached the Challenge Cup final two years later and, as coach, took them to the play-offs in 2003 and 2005.

Rea left London at the end of 2006 – to
be replaced by Brian McDermott, who was subsequently succeeded by Powell
four years later – and joined Australian rugby union team the Brumbies.

Demolition: Rea masterminded Broncos' hammering of Warrington

Demolition: Rea masterminded Broncos' hammering of Warrington

Since leaving the Brumbies last year, he has been working in the business world as a performance coach but responded last month to an SOS from Hughes, who decided to part company with Powell with the Broncos bottom of Super League.

Hughes said: 'One shouldn't underestimate what a tough task it is coaching a club like the London Broncos but I think Tony Rea is the man for the job.

'I believe in his coaching. His prowess has strengthened in his time away from us.

'He's experienced another code and, allied to his motivational work, this has made him the ideal candidate.

'He's got a massive desire to coach again and he's impressed on me that coaching is all he wants to do.'

Rea will return to Australia at the end of the season as planned but will be back for the start of pre-season training in November.

London 62 Warrington 18

London 62 Warrington 18: Dorn shreds Wolves but Rea insists he's still just a quick fix

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23:17 GMT, 17 August 2012

Tony Rea insisted he still intends to head back to Australia at the end of the season despite his continuing inspiration of resurgent London.

Broncos chairman David Hughes drafted in Rea as coach for the last seven matches of the season after sacking former boss Rob Powell, who had overseen two wins in 20 games.

Rea has now recorded three wins on the bounce, with this 10-try romp wrecking Warrington’s Challenge Cup final preparations and all but killing off their hopes of reclaiming the League Leaders’ Shield.

Hot to handle: Luke Dorn on the move

Hot to handle: Luke Dorn on the move

But Rea said: ‘I wouldn’t react to one
performance. The coaching bug is inside you but the (planned) course is
still the same as it always was.’

Four-try hero Luke Dorn was the
Broncos’ star on Friday night, with his second touchdown making him the
first player to score 100 times for London.

Rea added: ‘We’ve been building on a couple of things. We want to make sure it’s ourselves that control what we want to do.

‘Warrington were in red hot form but
our focus has been about us. We wanted to find out what we’re about and
keep building on a couple of things from the last few games.’

Three London-born players scored as
the hosts established a 24-18 half-time lead at the Twickenham Stoop,
with Kieran Dixon’s second-minute try giving the Broncos a dream start.

Over the line: Michael Robertson of Broncos scores a try

Over the line: Michael Robertson of Broncos scores a try

Will Lovell and Omari Caro also
crossed to complement Dorn’s first score, with Richie Myler, Stefan
Ratchford and Rhys Williams getting over for the Wolves.

But that was as good as it got for Warrington, who must regroup ahead of next week’s Challenge Cup final showdown against Leeds.

Wolves boss Tony Smith said: ‘It’s far
from the end of the world, even if it feels like you’re looking over
the edge of it. We’ll dust ourselves off pretty quickly and learn plenty
of lessons.

‘We put out a talented enough team to perform better than we did, and that comes back to me.’

Michael Robertson’s brace sandwiched Julien Rinaldi’s try and three more for Dorn as the Broncos cut loose after the break.

I'm the one: Julien Rinaldi of Broncos celebrates scoring

I'm the one: Julien Rinaldi of Broncos celebrates scoring

Bradford 38 Widnes 26: Bulls boost play-off credentials by mauling Warriors

Bradford 38 Widnes 26: Bulls boost play-off credentials after mauling Warriors

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16:53 GMT, 5 August 2012

Battling Bradford gave warning that they have not given up on a top eight place in the Stobart Super League with a 38-26 victory over struggling Widnes.

The cash-strapped Bulls recently suffered a triple blow to their play-off hopes through back-to-back defeats against Leeds and Warrington either side of a six-point deduction by the Rugby Football League for entering administration.

But, having put together three wins on the trot immediately before that, the seven tries to five success over the Vikings keeps alive the Yorkshire side's hopes of reaching the end of season shoot-out for the first time in four years.

Widnes, who had won two of their previous four games while pushing St Helens and Hull KR close, remain second from bottom of the table, just two points above basement club London Broncos.

As torrential rain swept down on Odsal the Bulls were forced to dig deep and come from 16-4 down midway through the first half.

The visitors made a strong start with two tries, both converted by Rhys Hanbury, in the opening 10 minutes.

Former Bradford winger Patrick Ah Van latched onto a long pass from Cameron Phelps and dived into the corner to put the visitors ahead.

Hep Cahill then sent Ben Davies charging through the middle and his momentum, on the rain soaked turf, took him over the whitewash to score.

Bradford hit back almost immediately with some swift handling freeing Michael Platt up to cross, although Luke Gale failed to emulate his opposite number with the conversion.

Danny Craven capitalised on a Bulls handling error and dummied his way to the line to restore Widnes' 12-point advantage before three tries in 12 minutes put the Bulls ahead for the first time.

Brett Kearney, Shaun Ainscough and Ben Jeffries – his 100th touchdown in club rugby – all crossed to leave the Bulls with a 22-16 lead.

But there was still time in a frenetic first half for Hanbury to twist his way over but the Vikings' half back's attempt to level things going into the break failed as he struck the near upright with his subsequent kick.

After registering 42 points in better than even time before the interval it took a further 18 minutes for the scoreboard to be called into action again.

Bulls skipper Heath L'Estrange finally broke the deadlock, forcing his way over from dummy half for his first try of the season.

L'Estrange was also involved as Michael Platt extended the hosts' lead four to 12 points shortly afterwards but Ah Van gave Widnes hope with a second try near the corner flag, taking over the kicking to convert his own score and reduce the deficit to 32-26.

Jeffries had a drop-goal charged down and Kearney saw a try disallowed for offside, following another attempt at a one-pointer from Gale, before Ainscough's second try secured the win and two vital league points, Gale finishing with five goals from seven attempts.