Manly rookie Kelly tipped for NRL spot

first_imgKelly joined the Sea Eagles after three seasons with the Gold Coast Titans in the NYC where he scored a club-record 35 tries from 54 matches.He also scored four tries for the Junior Blues in the 2015 State of Origin clash but it’s not just his attacking ability that has caught the eye of his teammates. With the future of club legends Brett Stewart and Steve Matai in doubt, Lawrence said the 20-year-old had the temperament to work his way into the first grade squad if his pre-season form was anything to go by. “I’m not the coach, but I’d put him in the side,” Lawrence told NRL.com at the Auckland Nines Captains Call. “He’s shown experience beyond his game-time and that shows me that with a bit more time on the field, he could do some great things. You don’t want to rush it, but at the same time you want to give him a go and see what happens.”Lawrence has tipped his younger teammate to be one of the stars of the Nines, warning opposition defences to beware of Kelly’s footwork. “We’ve all been training against each other since October and now it’s an opportunity for us to get out there and show it against the real opposition. Young blokes like Brian can really make a name for themselves if they have a good tournament,” he said. “You wouldn’t want to be standing still because he’ll dance right around you with those feet of his. He’s also got a really good head on his shoulders. He’s really settled in here and he’s really comfortable in his new surroundings.”This will be Kelly’s second trip to the Nines after playing one game for the Titans in last year’s tournament where he gained valuable experience and learnt a lot about what was needed to make it in the NRL.Now he wants to show Sea Eagles coach Trent Barrett that he has what it takes to cut it against the game’s elite. “This is probably the first real chance that the coaches get to see any kind of footy, so here and the trials are a great opportunity to show them and my teammates what I can do,” Kelly told NRL.com. “I’ve had a few chats with Trent and he’s been upfront and honest about what he wants from me. He says I need to keep training hard and working hard, and if I do that then rewards may follow.”I want to show them what I can do in defence, and I know the attack will come after that.” Hailing from Ballina on the NSW north coast, Kelly admitted to feeling homesick for the first few weeks down in Sydney. But the support of his teammates, coupled with Manly’s seemingly endless supply of beaches, made the transition a smooth one. “I was a bit homesick at the start but it’s all good now. The boys have been welcoming so it makes it heaps comfortable,” he said. “I’m a 100 per cent beach boy so I’m always heading down to the beach after training or when I have some spare time.”last_img read more

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Ideas for I-Day speech, Rio top Mann Ki Baat

first_imgPublished on COMMENTS COMMENT PM Modi calls upon country to wish the best for Indian contingent to the Olympics 2/2 July 31, 2016 sport 1/2 SHARE RELATED Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the flagging off ceremony of ‘Run for Rio’ at Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium in New Delhi on Sunday. Minister of State for Youth Affairs and Sports Vijay Goel is also seen PTI Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the flagging off ceremony of ‘Run for Rio’ at Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium in New Delhi on Sunday. Minister of State for Youth Affairs and Sports Vijay Goel is also seen PTI SHARE SHARE EMAIL From inviting suggestions and “new ideas” for his August 15 address from the Red Fort, to wishing Indian sportspersons the best in the forthcoming Rio Olympics, Prime Minister Narendra Modi called upon citizens to “suggest whatever comes to your mind” and celebrate the country’s 70th Independence Day like Diwali.“I am the first Prime Minister to have been born in free India,” he said in the 22nd edition of his Mann Ki Baat radio broadcast to the nation on Sunday.“Celebrate freedom like a festival – it should not be an official programme, it should be a programme of the people. Like Diwali, it should be our own festival,” he said, urging upon people to do something meaningful on that day and send pictures to the NarendraModi App.Run for RioModi, who flagged off the “Run of Rio” event in the Capital in the morning, urged people send their good wishes to all sportspersons heading for the mega event, adding that he was willing to become a “postman” to carry all the messages sent on his App.“When we hoist the tricolour here on the occasion of 70th Independence Day, I am sure that our national flag will also be hoisted in Rio during this period,” he said.Kalam rememberedRemembering former President Dr APJ Abdul Kalam on his first death anniversary, Modi stressed the importance of research and innovation without which “technology could become a burden and spread a stench like stagnant water”.“Let us AIM to innovate,” he said, referring to the Atal Innovation Mission, adding that to create next-gen innovators, “we will have to link them with Atal Tinkering Labs being set up in schools”. He said the ‘real tribute” to Kalam’s memory would be to boost research and innovation to bring in technology that simplifies day-to-day problems of citizens. However, he also cautioned against “misuse” of technology, urging people to be alert against fraudulent e-mails and SMSes.Caution on drugsSwitching over to health issues, Modi urged upon people not to take antibiotics without prescription and also complete the course prescribed so as not to make such drugs ineffective. “The government is committed to checking antibiotic resistance,” he declared.He also drew attention to the Pradhan Mantri Surakshit Matritva Abhiyan, under which pregnant women will be treated free on the 9th of every month in all primary health care centres, and called upon doctors to spare “12 days in a year” for this campaign.On global warming and climate change, Modi said the recently passed CAMPA Bill would lead to massive afforestation in the country, and complimented Maharashtra, Rajasthan and Gujarat and the Railway Ministry for taking proactive steps. × Prime Minister Narendra Modi flagging of ‘Run for Rio’ at Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium. Photo credit: @narendramodi Modi meets Rio Olympics-bound athletes Bindra chosen as India’s flag bearer at Rio Olympics Prime Minister Narendra Modi flagging of ‘Run for Rio’ at Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium. Photo credit: @narendramodilast_img read more

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