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McFadden returns to Motherwell until the end of the season

McFadden returns to Motherwell until the end of the season

By
Thom Drake

PUBLISHED:

16:00 GMT, 17 February 2013

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UPDATED:

21:26 GMT, 18 February 2013

Motherwell have confirmed the signing of Scottish winger James McFadden until the end of the season after his short term contract was not renewed by Sunderland.

The 29-year-old had scored 32 goals while he was a teenager at the club before his 1.25million move to Everton.

The announcement caused so much interest among Motherwell fans that their official club website crashed in the immediate aftermath of the news.

Genius: James McFadden scored 26 goals in 63 games for Motherwell

Genius: James McFadden scored 26 goals in 63 games for Motherwell

He had attracted interest from two other
SPL clubs, which meant Motherwell moved fast to tie down, and he may be
available to play as early as Tuesday against Dundee United.

Talks had
continued from last week as McFadden was keen to rejoin the side he
last played for in August 2003, in a 2-2 draw with Partick Thistle.

According to The Sun, last week manager Stuart McCall didn't want to talk about the McFadden situation directly, saying: 'He's a talented player but there's nothing more to report than that.

'We provide facilities for a few of our former players. Marc Fitzpatrick is in training with us and I think Paul Slane is coming in next week as well.

McFadden wanted to get a deal sorted out as soon as possible to move back to his former hunting ground and was at their 3-0 win against Inverness on Saturday.

Home sweet home: McFadden was at Fir Park on Saturday to watch Motherwell

Home sweet home: McFadden was at Fir Park on Saturday to watch Motherwell

The club are hoping that McFadden will not only boost morale in the team, but also attract more numbers to Fir Park.

The winger, who was originally known for the number of dribbles he made in games for the North-Lanarkshrie club, moved to Sunderland last October but only made three substitue appearances, totaling just 34 minutes.

Capped: An in-form McFadden would be fighting for a Scotland place again

Capped: An in-form McFadden would be fighting for a Scotland place again

Sean Fitzpatrick: New Zealand will beat England by 15 points

Twickenham's not a great hunting ground for All Blacks… but we'll win by 15 points

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UPDATED:

22:30 GMT, 30 November 2012

Twickenham hasn't always been fruitful for the ever-impressive All Blacks, but former New Zealand international and pundit Sean Fitzpatrick tells Sportsmail why his country will put Stuart Lancaster's England side to the sword.

Form so far

Good, but they need to win all four games on tour to be deemed a success back home.

That's the beauty of the All Blacks. We've beaten Scotland, Italy and Wales. Now for England.

Flair player: Dan Carter will hope to leave England's hopes of salvaging this series in tatters

Flair player: Dan Carter will hope to leave England's hopes of salvaging this series in tatters

High standards expected

Our mantra is to remember the losses more than the wins. I still recall losing to the 1993 Lions in Wellington. It was my worst game for the All Blacks.

We 'park' our victories pretty quickly.

I'm sure Richie McCaw will remember the pain of losing the 2007 World Cup quarter-final to France more than winning the final last year.

How good is this team

They have improved since winning the World Cup. They play a simple game and what they do, they do very well. They build unbelievable pressure and hardly make a mistake.

They have such strength that a good player becomes a very good player. Everyone does his job. Other than Dan Carter and McCaw, there are not many superstars – they are not showy.

Fearsome: Richie McCaw is ready to pick up another win over England

Fearsome: Richie McCaw is ready to pick up another win over England

Playing at Twickenham

It's not a great hunting ground – it's quite a difficult environment to play in and it's usually the last game.

All Blacks to look out for

No 8 Kieran Read, player of the year and the best No 8 in the world. He leads by example.

He's got the raw ability of a No 8 – big, fast and strong – a great work ethic and passion for the jersey.

He improves each week. No 15 Israel Dagg is the new Christan Cullen, a real talent improved from 12 months ago.

One to watch: Sean believes we should look out for Kieran Read (right)

One to watch: Sean believes we should look out for Kieran Read (right)

Any advice

England have to put the All Blacks under pressure for 80 minutes. They have to create space, take their chances and be hugely physical.

Basically, they need the game of their lives.

Prediction

The All Blacks to win by 10-15 points. But Twickenham is a difficult place to go to and the All Blacks will be wary.

*Sean Fitzpatrick is a rugby commentator for Sky Sports, who will show the men's and women's England-New Zealand games on Saturday as part of Sky's year-round rugby union coverage.

Ireland name two debutants to face New Zealand

Brave Kidney names two debutants in XV to face world champions New Zealand

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UPDATED:

06:17 GMT, 7 June 2012

Ireland coach Declan Kidney has rung the changes for the first Test against New Zealand at Eden Park on Saturday, with debuts for Simon Zebo and Declan Fitzpatrick.

The uncapped duo have been drafted in for Saturday's match in Auckland, with Munster's Zebo named on the left wing and Fitzpatrick, of Ulster, in at tighthead prop.

Elsewhere in the XV Keith Earls will partner captain Brian O'Driscoll in the centre and Fergus McFadden has been named on the right wing.

Tough test: Ireland face the world champions in their own back yard

Tough test: Ireland face the world champions in their own back yard

Dan Tuohy will partner Donnacha Ryan in the second row and Peter O'Mahony comes in at flanker alongside Leinster duo Sean O'Brien and Jamie Heaslip. Conor Murray and Eoin Reddan form the half-back axis.

Mike Ross' hamstring injury has ruled him out of the matchday squad so Ulster prop Fitzpatrick comes in to make his debut. He will be joined in the front row by Rory Best and Cian Healy.

Kidney said: 'When you are playing the world champions in their own back yard in their first game after the World Cup, you have to be on the top of your game. There's no secrets around any of that. But we believe that if we are then we're well in with a shout.'

Of Zebo's promotion to the starting
side, Kidney added: 'Simon has been going well and he took his
opportunity in the Barbarians match 10 days ago. He has been playing
consistently, and well, on the left wing and I see that as an
advantage.'

Debut: Simon Zebo starts on the wing for Ireland

Debut: Simon Zebo starts on the wing for Ireland

Teams for first Test, New Zealand v Ireland, Auckland, Saturday June 9 (k-o 0835 BST)

Ireland: R Kearney; F McFadden, B
O'Driscoll (captain), K Earls, S Zebo; J Sexton, C Murray; C Healy, R
Best, D Fitzpatrick, D Tuohy, D Ryan, P O'Mahony, S O'Brien, J Heaslip.

Replacements: S Cronin, R Loughney, D O'Callaghan, K McLaughlin, E Reddan, R O'Gara, D Cave.

New Zealand: I Dagg; Z Guildford, C
Smith, S Williams, J Savea; D Carter, A Smith; T Woodcock, A Hore, O
Franks, B Retallick, S Whitelock, V Vito, R McCaw (captain), K Read.

Replacements: H Elliot, B Franks, A Williams, A Thomson, P Weepu, A Cruden, B Smith.

All Blacks head coach Steve Hansen has also named new faces in his team, pairing uncapped scrum-half Aaron Smith with fly-half Dan Carter.

There are also Test bows for lock Brodie Retallick and winger Julian Savea, while Victor Vito has come in to replace the injured flanker Jerome Kaino.

Richie McCaw captains a team that features Sonny Bill Williams and Conrad Smith at centre.

Speaking about the new caps, Hansen said: 'We picked them in the series squad because they have all shown that they have special qualities. They now get the opportunity to show that on the international stage.'

Leicester 42 Newcastle 15: Thomas Waldrom double helps Tigers maul Falcons

Leicester 42 Newcastle 15: Waldrom double helps Tigers maul Falcons

Two tries from Thomas Waldrom helped
Leicester Tigers leapfrog Northampton into third place in the Aviva
Premiership table after a comfortable home win over struggling
Newcastle.

With Leicester wrapping up the
four-try bonus point just two minutes into the second half, the result
leaves Newcastle still six points adrift of London Wasps at the other
end of the table.

Leicester withstood a barrage of
early pressure to take the lead against a Newcastle side playing
primarily for field position.

Try time: Horatio Aguila scores for Leicester Tigers

Try time: Horatio Aguila scores for Leicester Tigers

Teenage fly-half George Ford – the 19-year-old son of Newcastle defence coach Mike Ford – stepped up to slot a penalty from out on the right after a dominant midfield scrum.

Momentum swung further Leicester's way when visiting centre James Fitzpatrick was sent to the sin bin for a high tackle, and within a minute his side were down by double figures.

From a line-out on the left Tigers worked play to the opposite flank, Horacio Agulla breaking free to set up the close-range ruck from which flanker Julian Salvi sniped in for a try.

Ford added the extras, and opposite number Jimmy Gopperth was similarly accurate with a penalty from straight in front to get his side off and running.

Heavy roller: Leicester's Graham Kitchener is tackled by Newcastle's Jeremy Manning

Heavy roller: Leicester's Graham Kitchener is tackled by Newcastle's Jeremy Manning

The extra man in the backs saw Leicester in for a second try on 22 minutes, this time from centre Billy Twelvetrees as the England Saxons cap rounded off a three-on-two in the right corner.

Another scrummage infringement allowed Ford to slot a second penalty, and more sloppy set-piece work from Newcastle saw a third try for their hosts as an overthrown line-out eventually saw Agulla cross down the left for a 23-3 interval lead.

It took just two minutes of the second half for them to add to that tally and secure the four-try bonus point, turning down a kickable penalty and setting up the catch-and-drive from which Thomas Waldrom rumbled over.

The Falcons finally found their way to the try-line with half an hour remaining through former Tigers academy prop Jonny Golding, who squirmed his way over down the left from close range after a burst from Fitzpatrick.

Wriggling through: Leicester's Steve Mafi gets away from Jonny Golding

Wriggling through: Leicester's Steve Mafi gets away from Jonny Golding

But with Taiasina Tu'ifua sent to the sin bin for pulling a player back off the ball, the visitors' already slim hopes of a comeback were reduced to dust as Leicester cranked up the power for the closing quarter.

From the very next scrum Waldrom dotted down for a pushover try – his second score of the afternoon – with Newcastle emptying their bench in readiness for Friday's home date with Harlequins.

With their seven-man pack being shunted from pillar to post a sixth Tigers try seemed an inevitability, and it duly arrived as Leicester sucked numbers to the left.

Ford stepped back into the pocket and floated a perfectly-weighted cross-field kick into the right corner for replacement wing Niall Morris – the Irishman catching the ball in acres of space to score.

Replacement flanker Richard Mayhew ploughed over for a late consolation from a ruck to the left of the posts, Gopperth converting, but it made little difference to the eventual outcome.