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B&Q pull out of deal with Football League over title sponsorship

EXCLUSIVE: Football League's attempt to hammer out a deal with B&Q break down

By
Charles Sale

PUBLISHED:

16:25 GMT, 23 April 2013

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UPDATED:

16:34 GMT, 23 April 2013

The Football League have suffered a huge setback after potential new title sponsors B&Q suddenly pulled out of negotiations.

The DIY chain had been expected to sign a three-year contract worth 21m to replace nPower as the backers of all three Football League divisions from the start of next season.

But talks broke down on Monday with the Football League unaware why B&Q, who had previously shown huge enthusiasm for the sponsorship, had changed their mind at the last minute.

No go: B&Q have pulled out of a deal to become the Football League's title sponsors

No go: B&Q have pulled out of a deal to become the Football League's title sponsors

Turning off the lights: NPower's sponsorship of the Football League will come to an end this summer

Turning off the lights: NPower's sponsorship of the Football League will come to an end this summer

Fresh deal: Domino's Pizza are in the mix

Fresh deal: Domino's Pizza are in the mix

The disappointment at the breakdown of the deal is compounded by B&Q, who have stores near numerous Football League clubs, being regarded as such a good fit for a sponsorship that has proved difficult to fill.

But their exit leaves the Football League commercial department having to go back to the companies who had shown interest before attention was turned to finalising the B&Q deal.

One of those companies is restaurant chain Domino's Pizza, who have released a football app and a football sitcom on their Facebook page.

Domino's marketing director Simon Wallis said: 'Football and Pizza are a match made in heaven.'

FA Cup semi-finals: Phone camera photographers given same accreditation as professionals

Think you can do better than this Prove it! Smartphone snappers get FA Cup chance at Wembley

By
Alex Horlock

PUBLISHED:

10:11 GMT, 10 April 2013

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UPDATED:

11:06 GMT, 10 April 2013

A Newcastle fan tweeted a snap of Papiss Cisse leaping into the stands to celebrate his stoppage-time winner against Fulham on Sunday which eased the Toon Army’s relegation fears.

Jonny Robson, from South Shields, has received praise galore on Twitter after taking the extraordinary photo of the wild scenes at St James’ Park – and has even been messaged by Cisse himself and Gary Lineker.

But it may just be the first of many. Smartphones will battle with long lenses at The FA Cup this weekend as, for the first time, some of the web’s best amateur photographers are given the same level of accreditation as their professional counterparts.

Amateur This photograph of Papiss Cisse was tweeted by a Newcastle fan after his last-minute winner

Amateur This photograph of Papiss Cisse was tweeted by a Newcastle fan after his last-minute winner

Winner: Cisse struck late in the game to sink Fulham at St James' Park at the weekend

Winner: Cisse struck late in the game to sink Fulham at St James' Park at the weekend

Impressed: Cisse tweeted about the picture after seeing it on the social networking site

Impressed: Cisse tweeted about the picture after seeing it on the social networking site

FA Cup sponsor Budweiser will select 'Phoneographers' – amateur photographers who shoot solely on smartphones – to become the tournament’s first official social reporters capturing, editing and sharing all the action from the semi-finals.

The lucky Phoneographers will shoot pitch-side alongside professional sports photographers, getting a perspective of the game that an amateur photographer can only dream about.

The Phoneographer’s images will be shared on Twitter under the hashtag #tothedream.

Stiff competition: There have been some stunning pictures in this season's FA Cup, including Demba Ba's goal

Stiff competition: There have been some stunning pictures in this season's FA Cup, including Demba Ba's goal

In focus: The 'phoneographers' will get the chance to capture images of the likes of Manchester City's Carlos Tevez

In focus: The 'phoneographers' will get the chance to capture images of the likes of Manchester City's Carlos Tevez

Iain Newell, Budweiser’s UK Marketing Director, said: ‘We’re thrilled to be bringing these avid football and photography fans closer to the game they love in a way they can share with other fans in stadium and at home.

It reflects the changing way people get their football updates and our desire to bring the magic of The FA Cup even closer to the fans, which social media certainly has the potential to do.’

F1 Williams team leader Sir Frank gives job to his daughter

Mother's delight: Daughter Claire is Williams' new boss after mum's blessing

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Daddy's girl: Sir Frank Williams with his daughter Claire at the Spanish Grand Prix in 2012

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‘I think it will make team
principals’ meetings quite interesting having two women there — I don’t
know how, but it will change the dynamic,’ said Claire, who will
represent the team when Sir Frank, who is still team principal despite
turning 71 next month, does not travel to races.

‘While I am pleased to have got where I have as a woman, it should be about merit.’

Claire, 36, has come through the media side of motor racing after taking a politics degree from Newcastle University.

Immersed in the sport all her life,
she was a press officer at Silverstone before moving to Williams in
2002, and has now been handed her fourth promotion in three years.

Her last job was as director of
marketing and communications, a role that involved bringing in revenue.
All the team’s current backers have re-signed, several of them on
increased terms.

She will continue to look after the
business side of Williams — a team desperately striving to reprise the
glory days of the Nigel Mansell, Alain Prost and Damon Hill eras.

After a few depressing years, the team
staged something of a renaissance in 2012, but they have struggled
again this season — neither Pastor Maldonado nor Valtteri Bottas has
registered a point in the first two races.

Much to ponder: Williams team principal Sir Frank during a practice session

Much to ponder: Williams team principal Sir Frank during a practice session

Claire, whose boyfriend Andrew Murdoch
is Maldonado’s race engineer at the team’s Oxfordshire headquarters, is
unfazed by the flux of senior staff in the last year, drawing
inspiration from her stern apprenticeship.

‘Frank appreciates hard work,’ she said. ‘He whipped my a*** when I first came here.

‘He showed me no favours — quite the
opposite. I had to prove myself. If there is something that needs wiping
up you get the brush out yourself and do it yourself. That is the ethos
at Williams.’

Sir Frank, one of the paddock’s great fighters, will appreciate the sentiment.

Npower Championship round-up March 5

Bonkers! Championship goes crazy as promotion race hots up with a glut of late goals

By
Janine Self

PUBLISHED:

11:36 GMT, 6 March 2013

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UPDATED:

14:13 GMT, 6 March 2013

So did the world stop for you on Tuesday night Answers on a postcard, addressed to Senor Jose Mourinho, c/o Real Madrid.

The Special One might be slightly surprised to learn that for many the earth continued to revolve around its axis, despite the global marketing pull of a duel with Manchester United.

While 74,759 paying customers crammed into Old Trafford, another 175,547 decided that the npower Championship was the only show in town.

Super Kev: Veteran striker Kevin Phillips netted an eight-minute hat-trick for Crystal Palace on Tuesday night

Super Kev: Veteran striker Kevin Phillips netted an eight-minute hat-trick for Crystal Palace on Tuesday night

The second tier of English football has been even more crazily unpredictable than usual this season and did not disappoint on Tuesday night.

How about Kevin Phillips, 39 years old, and scorer of an eight-minute hat-trick for Crystal Palace in the 4-2 win over Hull

The same Hull who thrashed Birmingham last weekend and who started the night in an automatic promotion place. Steve Bruce’s team are down to third while Palace lurk a point behind.

At fogbound Nottingham Forest, the pre-match chat was all about the second coming of Billy Davies. No mention of Sir Alex Ferguson or Cristiano Ronaldo at all.

Second coming: Forest are making a late charge for the play-offs under Billy Davies

Second coming: Forest are making a late charge for the play-offs under Billy Davies

The force appears to be with Davies. Ipswich had two players sent off and came within four minutes of holding out for a point only to concede to a deflected goal from Lewis McGugan.

Since returning as manager, Davies has drawn one and won the last four games. With that sort of momentum the play-offs are beckoning.

Late goals were the theme of the night at Leicester, Bolton and Huddersfield, too. Just down the road from Old Trafford, Chris Eagles continued Wanderers’ fine run with an added-time winner against Lancashire rivals Blackburn.

Rest assured that none of the 19,063 fans at the Reebok would have given United a passing thought – apart from hoping they would lose, of course.

Late show: Chris Eagles (right) scored an added-time winner for Bolton

Late show: Chris Eagles (right) scored an added-time winner for Bolton

Danny Ward came off the bench to score in stoppage time and give Mark Robins his first home win as Huddersfield manager at the expense of a Middlesbrough side, who are in freefall. Eight defeats in 11 games is doing nothing for Tony Mowbray’s mood.

The biggest attendance of the night was 22,660 at Leicester, who had Manchester United loanee Michael Keane to thank for yet another added-time goal – an equaliser against Leeds.

Some people will always remember Tuesday as the night Roy Keane burned whatever bridges he had left with Ferguson after backing the sending off of Nani.

Wolves fans will remember it as the night manager Dean Saunders won his first match after 10 attempts.

Rare win: Wolves picked up their first three points under Dean Saunders at Millwall

Rare win: Wolves picked up their first three points under Dean Saunders at Millwall

The 2-0 win at Millwall took Saunders’s team out of the bottom three and sets them up nicely for the next match, except it is at Forest.

Rant of the night came from Dave Jones, manager of Sheffield Wednesday, after a 2-1 defeat at Watford. Suggesting the referee was more suited to the Sunday League will not go down well at
the FA.

Howler of the night came from the same match. Watford goalkeeper Jonathan Bond scuffed a back pass from Marco Cassetti, which allowed Michail Antonio to run round him for a simple tap-in.

Comeback: Fernando Forestieri netted twice as Watford beat Sheffield Wednesday

Comeback: Fernando Forestieri netted twice as Watford beat Sheffield Wednesday

Brighton’s point at bottom club Bristol City came at the expense of a bad achilles injury to striker Craig Mackail-Smith, who is out for the rest of the season, which is a huge blow to their play-off hopes.

Last, but not least, even runaway leaders Cardiff are wobbling. Craig Noone popped up eight minutes from time with an equaliser against Derby, who were so short of bodies they could only name five substitutes.

Now that’s something you don’t see in the Champions League, either.

Sir Keith Mills" funding plan at risk because of athletics and cycling – Charles Sale

Cycling and athletics prove double trouble for Mills' funding plan

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UPDATED:

23:12 GMT, 3 October 2012

A grand plan led by deputy LOCOG chairman Sir Keith Mills to maximise Olympic sports’ chances of attracting sponsorship rights could be derailed by the big two, cycling and athletics.

The Mills brainchild to capitalise on the success of London 2012 is the British Sports Marketing Bureau, under whose banner the sports would pool commercial rights to attract big umbrella deals that could be geared to suit clients’ requirements.

Mills, expected to chair a reformed combination of UK Sport and Sport England, is canvassing support across all sports. His idea received widespread backing at meetings last Friday and on Wednesday from governing bodies.

Issue: Cycling and athletics are causing problems with the planned deal

Issue: Cycling and athletics are causing problems with the planned deal

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But there is understood to be considerable opposition from the two sports least in need of a collective organisation — cycling with their huge Sky funding and UK Athletics whose 50million five-year Aviva deal expires in December. But UKA are planning to bring in a Champions League style roster of backers themselves — putting them in competition for sponsors with the British Olympic Association. And that is the type of Olympic sport in-fighting Mills is setting up the BSMB to avoid.

However, swimming, which has the most sponsorship money after athletics and cycling, is broadly in favour of the BSMB proposals.

They do not prevent sports doing individual deals which are not in conflict with the overall sponsorships being sought.

Mills said: ‘For this to work, we will need the vast majority of sports behind us. Some of them are asking questions but none of told me they’re opting out.’

Nicklaus not swinging towards Obama

President Obama’s love of golf that has seen him play more than 100 rounds since taking office isn’t enough to convince Jack Nicklaus, who has been endorsing Republican rival Mitt Romney. Nicklaus, who designed the Gleneagles 2014 Ryder Cup course, said he has been forced to lay off more than 50 per cent of his golf course design company employees over the last four years — and could not afford four more years of Obama.

Golf fan: Barack Obama is still not being backed by Jack NicklausQ

Golf fan: Barack Obama is still not being backed by Jack Nicklaus

Mark’s rock bottom

BBC football pundit Mark Lawrenson is likely to face listener complaints about sexist comments after telling Radio 5 Live’s Drive Time programme hosted by Peter Allen and Aasmah Mir that Manchester City full back Maicon’s ‘bottom’s bigger than Aasmah’s’. The presenter, however, shrugged off the comment along with Allen’s offer to say something in retort about Lawrenson.

To clarify last Monday’s Sports Agenda column, 5 Live’s Ryder Cup coverage was presented throughout from Medinah even during the Saturday morning foursomes session when the programme included commentary on Arsenal v Chelsea.

Hammers lose money man

West Ham, in the middle of negotiations over their proposed move to the Olympic Stadium, are losing their finance director Nick Igoe. Igoe, who kept West Ham’s finances above water through troublesome times, is thought to be leaving amicably at the end of the year.

Wanted: West Ham are still after the Olympic Stadium but their finance chief is leaving

Wanted: West Ham are still after the Olympic Stadium but their finance chief is leaving

Flintoff lacks pulling power

Fewer than 1,000 tickets have so far been sold for former England all-rounder Freddie Flintoff’s boxing debut at the Manchester Arena on November 30. But promoter Barry McGuigan is waiting for Flintoff’s foe to be named before banging the drum with the expectation the event will attract a crowd of up to 7,000 in a venue scaled down to hold a maximum 10,000.

Canvas collection

The 1997 oil painting Art of the Game by Michael Browne depicting a toga-wearing Eric Cantona as Jesus Christ surrounded by manager Sir Alex Ferguson, Phil Neville, David Beckham and Paul Scholes is the last picture to be photographed in a 10-year project by the Public Catalogue Foundation, who have gathered all the nation’s paintings on one website.

Bosses told to visit St George's

The League Managers’ Association are encouraging their members to use the state-of-the-art sports science and medical facilities at their new St George’s Park base, which includes a 72-hour stress, sleep and lifestyle assessment for the high-pressure profession.

Use it: The LMA are encouraging managers to try St George's

Use it: The LMA are encouraging managers to try St George's

Crystal Palace cheerleaders sing Carly Rae Jepsen"s "Call Me Maybe"

I'll take two! Crystal Palace call in cheerleaders in attempt to boost season ticket sales

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UPDATED:

11:41 GMT, 23 July 2012

For some clubs in the age of austerity, trying to sell season tickets for next season has proved to be easier said than done.

For Crystal Palace, promotion to the Premier League looks unlikely next term so trying to sell a 23-game entry to Selhurst Park is going to need an attractive offer to entice fans back to the stands.

And that’s just what the marketing division has attempted at the south London side, who have come up with a concept that might even have fans from other clubs filling some empty seats next season.

Drafted in to help out with season ticket sales are the Crystal Palace cheerleaders, who have produced a video based on Carly Rae Jepsen’s song ‘Call Me Maybe’ titled ‘Call Me Crystals.’

The video features the cheerleaders singing and dancing along to the song around Selhurst Park, which has proved a hit on Youtube with over one million views.

For fans at least, a cold mid-week February fixture against Bristol City suddenly has more appeal to it.

Sepp Blatter "powerless" to act over FIFA bribery scandal

I can't do anything! Blatter 'powerless' to act over FIFA bribery scandal

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18:27 GMT, 12 July 2012

Defence: FIFA President Sepp Blatter

Defence: FIFA President Sepp Blatter

Sepp Blatter has claimed he does not
have the power to strip Joao Havelange of FIFA's honorary presidency and
defended the world governing body's lack of action over the ISL bribery
scandal.

Havelange, the 96-year-old former
FIFA president, and his former son-in-law Ricardo Teixeira were named in
court documents as having received millions of pounds in
bribes from collapsed marketing company ISL during the 1990s.

Blatter said that such payments were not illegal at the time – under Swiss law – and could not be judged by today's standards.

Asked to respond to having known
about the backhanders, Blatter said on www.fifa.com: 'Known what That
commission was paid Back then, such payments could even be deducted
from tax as a business expense. Today, that would be punishable under
law.

'You can't judge the past on the
basis of today's standards. Otherwise it would end up with moral
justice. I can't have known about an offence that wasn't even one.”
Blatter did confirm he was the person referred to in the court documents
as P1 – the report states that the finding FIFA and P1 knew of the
payments was “not questioned”.'

He added, however, that it was not up to him to remove Havelange from his honorary post.

'I don't have the power to call him to account,' said Blatter. 'The Congress named him as Honorary President. Only the Congress can decide his future.'

Blatter said the ISL case had led him to establish an ethics committee and the ongoing reform process.

He added: 'That is why we have started to strengthen our control
mechanisms: to prevent something like this happening in the future.

'The ethics committee, which was created in 2006 on my initiative, is a
direct result of the ISL case. The reform process is moving exactly in
this direction.

Accused: Joao Havelange

Accused: Joao Havelange

'To strengthen FIFA's judicial system, some important steps have already been taken with the introduction of a two-chamber system – an adjudicatory body and an investigatory body. The executive committee will appoint the chairmen of these two chambers next week.'

Neither Havelange nor former executive committee member Teixeira ever faced disciplinary action from FIFA.

Instead, the world governing body also agreed to pay a Swiss court 2.5million Swiss francs (1.64m) in compensation – but only on the condition that criminal proceedings against Havelange and Teixeira were dropped.

The court report states Havelange was paid at least CHF1.5m (1m), Teixeira at least CHF12.74m (8.37m) and the pair may have received as much as CHF21.9m (14.4m).

The two men have dominated Brazilian football between them for the last 50 years. Teixeira only stepped down earlier this year from FIFA's executive committee and as head of Brazil's 2014 World Cup organising committee after it became apparent the report would be published.

Havelange resigned from the International Olympic Committee in December after 48 years just days before he was due to be sanctioned following their own investigation into the ISL case.

London 2012 Olympics: David Beckham has two roles – Sebastian Coe

Beckham has two parts to play! Olympics chief Coe confirms snubbed footballer still involved

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20:09 GMT, 9 July 2012

London 2012 chairman Sebastian Coe has confirmed David Beckham will have 'two very clear roles' at the Olympics.

Beckham was a key figure in the bid team that helped secure the Games in 2005 and has been one of the most visible celebrity supporters of it in the years since.

Many had anticipated his hard work for the cause would help him win one of the three over-age player slots in Team GB's football team but manager Stuart Pearce opted not to take the former England captain.

Still involved: David Beckham will appear at the Games in some way or another

Still involved: David Beckham will appear at the Games in some way or another

He picked his 18-man squad on exclusively footballing reasons and indicated he had never been leant on to pick Beckham.

Since his omission was revealed, speculation has mounted over what role Beckham might play.

Coe admitted that had already been discussed and expects to make the nature of the 37-year-old's responsibilities clear soon.

'He was not only alongside us when we won (the right to host the Olympics), he was alongside us when we threw our hats in the ring,' Coe told Sky Sports News.

'He's a north-east London boy, he knows what sports means in those areas, and he's probably one of our longest and truest supporters.

Snub: Beckham was overlooked for Team GB's football squad

Snub: Beckham was overlooked for Team GB's football squad

'We are scoping a role for him at the moment… I actually spoke to him over the course of the weekend.

'We're working on it, but you'll have to watch this space.'

Coe also made it clear that Beckham's task would not be a spurious one or a mere marketing opportunity.

'He will be in London with us and he will have two very clear roles within the Games,' said Coe.

'He will be more than an ambassador given what he has done, the commitment he has given and the amount of time he has spent with us in London on this project.'

Euro 2012 diary: Ukraine politician Mykola Tomenko slams decision to play in Donetsk

Ian Ladyman's Euro diary: Ukraine politician slams decision to play in Donetsk

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21:37 GMT, 17 June 2012

Ukrainian politician Mykola Tomenko has blasted Euro 2012 organisers for making Oleg Blokhin’s team play ‘two away games’ in Donetsk. ‘That city has never rooted for Ukraine,’ he said about a place that still has Russian as its first language.

Under pressure

One of the more unseemly sights of Euro 2012 was that witnessed by TV crews at the Donbass Arena in Donetsk as the storm raged on Friday night. Referee Bjorn Kuipers was surrounded by UEFA officials asking him rather rhetorically: ‘This match WILL go ahead won’t it’

Downpour: The heavens opened in Donetsk

Downpour: The heavens opened in Donetsk

Price is right

Fair play to shirt manufacturers adidas for some sensitive marketing. Team shirts in their Kiev shop sell at a predictably high 800 Hryvnia (63). The one exception, though, is the Ukraine shirt that retails for the locals at just 300 Hryvnia (23).

Welbeck fluke

Radio 5 Live’s Mark Pougatch started a debate about Danny Welbeck’s winning goal by suggesting he may not have actually meant it. Analyst Chris Waddle is convinced it was a fluke while Mark Bright — a former striker — believes it was deliberate.

Show of intent Danny Welbeck nets the winner against Sweden

Show of intent Danny Welbeck nets the winner against Sweden

Lukas support

There were a good number of red-shirted Poland fans in the crowd in Lviv on Saturday night. Most were there to witness Lukas Podolski, who is only 27, win his 100th cap for Germany. The new Arsenal striker was, of course, actually born in Katowice, south Poland, but chose to play for Germany.

Thumbs up…

To whoever it was that decided to hand three Group B games to the charming Ukraine city of Lviv. Described as the ‘Prague of Ukraine’ it’s a terrific place. There is only one slight problem — the city’s stadium, the Arena Lviv, appears to be in the next county.

Ground for celebration: The Arena Lviv

Ground for celebration: The Arena Lviv

Thumbs down…

To UEFA for their peculiar qualifying system. Russia beat Czech Republic 4-1, drew 1-1 with Poland and narrowly lost 1-0 to Greece after outplaying them — finishing with a better goal difference than the Greeks — but were still knocked out. Madness.

Quote of the day

‘David Cameron and I joke about football but I’ll wait a bit. I have to cool down first.’

Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt takes stock of his team’s exit.

George North: How to get ready for the Aussies…

How to get ready for the Aussies… man-made lagoons, big Brothers and table tennis

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UPDATED:

21:40 GMT, 8 June 2012

The Australian press have been bigging
us up ahead of the first Test. The TV advert that has been running in
the build-up calls us the 'European champions' who are coming on to
their turf. It's a bit over the top, but good marketing, good for
ratings and it's quite funny. I guess we are European champions in a
way, but in Wales we call it the Grand Slam!

We trained for the first week out
here with just 16 players so we're sevens specialists now. With the rest
of the squad staying in Cardiff for the Barbarians match, it was a case
of going through patterns of play, set pieces, strike patterns. The jet
lag has been a nightmare but we knew we had to head out here early as
we have a job to do.

George North: Ready for action

George North: Ready for action

For a couple of days we had the help of a local team called Brothers Rugby Club, who are top of their provincial division. They came to train against us and were a decent outfit with a few good players. The second day we even did full contact, every man for himself. They had a back who played fly-half on the first day then moved to the wing on the second. He had a step like Quade Cooper.

I'm sharing a room with fellow wingman Alex Cuthbert.

It's been sorted by positions on this trip. As soon as the first game comes it will all fly by – game, recovery, four days' training, repeat. I haven't even bothered to unpack, I just dip in when I need something. The World Cup was nine weeks but, with matches, recovery and four days' training, each week really does just seem to disappear.

We didn't have any internet for the first few days. Everyone was trying to email friends and family but couldn't. It was $150 for five days' Wi-Fi at the hotel so the boys went off to the shops to buy a dongle. They seem to do the trick. I like Brisbane. On the first night we went to the restaurants on the river which are very nice but it costs about $50 for a small 8oz steak – and it doesn't even come with potatoes!

On the run: Jonathan Davies during training

On the run: Jonathan Davies during training

We haven't been subjected to the cryotherapy capsule here yet but we have been using this man-made lagoon for our warmdown. It is a 20-minute walk from the hotel and it's freezing – I mean UK cold! We all jump in and stand in the water for five or 10 minutes. With the walk back as well, it makes for a good recovery session.

The table tennis isn't going so well as Rhys Priestland is flying again. He beat me yesterday and Mike Phillips is playing well, too. The table is on an open balcony above the hotel lobby and you can hear the boys downstairs. Everyone is quite competitive, as you can imagine, and people at the reception keep looking up, thinking, 'What's going on here'

Warren Gatland has still left his mark on the squad. We have such a system in place that, if you drop a few people out and put a few people in, the machine still works. He's a big person to lose but I'm sure he still has his input even though he's not here physically. The boys have sent a few things across to him and, fingers crossed, his recovery is going well.

People keep asking me about the Lions but I'm honestly not thinking about it. I'm quite superstitious and I don't like talking about things that might not happen. If it happens, it happens; if it doesn't, I'll have to take that on the chin and work harder. But I'm here and we need to knuckle down and win a Test series against Australia.

I wasn't born the last time Wales won out here – I don't even think my parents were! It's a big ask, but we play for each other so we have a good shot at this. We've got a really good chance to take a scalp.

The Scotland match tells us nothing about the Wallabies.

Will Genia was shivering during the second half, that's how bad the conditions were. We watched it to try to take some lessons from it but it was impossible.

It was sunnier in Brisbane. Shaun Edwards and a few of the guys went to the Suncorp Stadium to watch the Broncos play the Newcastle Knights in an NRL match. It's good to get an early peek at the stadium.