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informazing http://informazing.club so amazing and insightful Fri, 20 Oct 2017 23:31:44 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://informazing.club/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/cropped-informazinglogo-1-32x32.png informazing http://informazing.club 32 32 José Mourinho: Serial winners will always attract more criticism | Football http://informazing.club/jose-mourinho-serial-winners-will-always-attract-more-criticism-football http://informazing.club/jose-mourinho-serial-winners-will-always-attract-more-criticism-football#respond Fri, 20 Oct 2017 23:31:44 +0000 http://informazing.club/jose-mourinho-serial-winners-will-always-attract-more-criticism-football

José Mourinho believes the teams he has managed receive more criticism than others because they are serial winners and other people have “different standards” to the Manchester United manager.

Following United’s goalless draw at Liverpool Mourinho and his side were viewed as having adopted negative tactics, yet they are second in the Premier League after eight matches, head their Champions League group with maximum points and are unbeaten in all competitions.

Asked if the sides he manages attract a greater level of criticism, Mourinho said: “It’s my fault, because people are used to my teams getting good results and winning titles. Other people have more time than I have [to criticise]. Other people have different standards than I have and that’s not a problem for me at all. We are going to lose matches, that’s obvious, and I can imagine we are going to have even more criticism than we have now. But honestly, that is no problem.” During his 17-year managerial career the Portuguese has claimed eight championships in four different competitions – La Liga, Serie A, Primeira Liga and England’s top flight.

Mourinho has also claimed two Champions Leagues, the Europa League and its predecessor, the Uefa Cup, the FA Cup, four League Cups, plus the domestic cup competitions of Italy, Portugal and Spain once.

Asked if jealousy may be part of the reason for the criticism, the 54-year-old, whose side face Huddersfield on Saturday, said: “I don’t care about what it is. I simply don’t care. No, it’s not a motivation. It doesn’t change my mind or my stability. We work hard, we try to do the best we can and get the best possible results. In relation to the last match, speaking about the Champions League [1-0 win at Benfica] I would like to know – because I don’t know – when United last won two consecutive matches away. I would like to know the last time United won nine points from three matches in the Champions League. We are doing OK.”

Mourinho’s team have conceded only two Premier League goals, the division’s lowest, and one in the Champions League. Despite the negative perception of United, he will continue to deploy a bespoke strategy to gain results in particular games.

“If a team defends badly, concedes five goals but attacks phenomenally well and scores six, then that’s absolutely beautiful and amazing,” the manager said. “I know my team cannot score four, five or six every match. I know that, especially with a certain profile of matches, it is difficult for us to score a lot of goals. We have to try to find balances and I’m really happy with what the team is doing. Critics, critics – no problem.”

After the midweek victory at Benfica, Mourinho criticised managers who use injuries as an excuse. This irritated Chelsea’s Antonio Conte, who believed he was the person being targeted.

But Mourinho said: “I don’t speak about him. I don’t know why he speaks about me. Maybe it’s not his fault – maybe it’s the journalists’ fault when probably they’ve passed him a wrong message. I moan about the fixtures, moan about no time to rest. I moan about why I don’t understand why we play Saturday after Wednesday when we should play Sunday. I moan about this all the time but not about injuries. When managers say I moan about the fixtures then they are right, but nobody can say I moan about injuries because I always try to speak about opportunities for other players.”

Mourinho expects Zlatan Ibrahimovic to return in December but he still does not know when Paul Pogba will recover from a hamstring injury.

“If you ask if he can play next week against Tottenham then I don’t know,” he said, before being asked why Pogba is being treated in Florida. “You will have to ask Dr McNally [the head of the medical department]. He is responsible for that. I’m in control of the players who are available. I’m not happy or unhappy [about Pogba] – it’s not my responsibility.”

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Packers place QB Aaron Rodgers on injured reserve http://informazing.club/packers-place-qb-aaron-rodgers-on-injured-reserve http://informazing.club/packers-place-qb-aaron-rodgers-on-injured-reserve#respond Fri, 20 Oct 2017 23:29:48 +0000 http://informazing.club/packers-place-qb-aaron-rodgers-on-injured-reserve

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — The Green Bay Packers placed Aaron Rodgers on injured reserve Friday after the quarterback had surgery on his broken collarbone.

Rodgers would be eligible to return from injured reserve after eight weeks and able to return to practice after six weeks. But coach Mike McCarthy has said that there is no timeline for Rodgers’ return, and that the two-time NFL MVP might miss the rest of the season.

“Everything went very well is my understanding talking with (team doctor Pat McKenzie), and he’s recovering,” McCarthy said Friday morning. The Packers did not practice Friday.

The procedure on Rodgers was done Thursday outside of Green Bay. He was hurt in the first quarter in a 23-10 loss last weekend to the Minnesota Vikings.

Rodgers posted an Instagram message early Friday thanking well-wishers for their “love, support, thoughts and prayers” in a photo of himself in a hospital bed.

Rodgers gives a “hang loose” sign with his left hand, with bandages covering the area near his injured shoulder. He added the phrase “comeback starts now” with a hashtag.

For now, backup Brett Hundley has replaced Rodgers. He will make his first NFL start Sunday against the New Orleans Saints .

Other players declared out for the Saints game include starting safety Morgan Burnett (hamstring) and outside linebacker Ahmad Brooks (back).

Starting left guard Lane Taylor (ankle) is listed as doubtful, while cornerbacks Davon House (quad) and Damarious Randall (hamstring) are questionable. Center Corey Linsley was added to the injury report on Friday as questionable with a back injury.

But the banged-up Packers did get some good medical news with starting offensive tackles David Bakhtiari (hamstring) and Bryan Bulaga dropping off the injury report. Bulaga has cleared the concussion protocol.

Among other key players, running back Ty Montgomery (ribs), linebacker Nick Perry (hand/knee) and cornerback Kevin King are also expected to play. King has also cleared the concussion protocol.

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Bradford ruled out of Week 7, expected to play again in 2017 http://informazing.club/bradford-ruled-out-of-week-7-expected-to-play-again-in-2017 http://informazing.club/bradford-ruled-out-of-week-7-expected-to-play-again-in-2017#respond Fri, 20 Oct 2017 23:27:44 +0000 http://informazing.club/bradford-ruled-out-of-week-7-expected-to-play-again-in-2017

Vikings quarterback Sam Bradford is out for Week 7.
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Minnesota Vikings quarterback Sam Bradford has once again been ruled out with a knee injury heading into Week 7 against the Baltimore Ravens. Case Keenum will start this week in his stead, as he’s been doing since Week 2, minus a short-lived comeback bid in Week 5 by Bradford on Monday night.

Head coach Mike Zimmer relayed the news to reporters on Friday.

Zimmer did say, however, that he expects Bradford to be able to play again, this year.

Bradford recently told reporters himself that he’s not sure he’ll be 100 percent healthy or free of pain at any point this season. He’s dealing with soreness and swelling in his left knee, which has been surgically repaired twice before.

In the meantime, Teddy Bridgewater has been cleared to practice and fully believes he’ll be able to play at some point this season.

While Bradford and Bridgewater work towards a return to action, the team’s offense is the hands of Keenum, who’s been capable, albeit a bit on-and-off from week to week. So far this season, Keenum has completed 64.2 percent of his passes for 1,134 yards with five touchdowns and one interception. The Vikings have gone 2-2 in the four games he’s started.

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Jürgen Klopp: Liverpool are not ‘500 miles’ behind Manchester City | Football http://informazing.club/jurgen-klopp-liverpool-are-not-500-miles-behind-manchester-city-football http://informazing.club/jurgen-klopp-liverpool-are-not-500-miles-behind-manchester-city-football#respond Fri, 20 Oct 2017 23:26:04 +0000 http://informazing.club/jurgen-klopp-liverpool-are-not-500-miles-behind-manchester-city-football

Jürgen Klopp has claimed Liverpool are not “500 miles” behind Manchester City but have yet to show the ruthlessness of Pep Guardiola’s league leaders.

Liverpool recorded the biggest away win in their European history in midweek when they defeated Maribor 7-0 in the Champions League. That demolition was in stark contrast to recent Premier League performances when Klopp’s team, who visit Tottenham Hotspur , have struggled to turn dominant displays into maximum points. They have scored an average of 1.6 goals per Premier League game this season compared with City’s remarkable 3.6 per game.

Five of City’s 29 league goals came against 10-man Liverpool on 9 September, a result that Klopp admits had a lasting impact on his players. But the Liverpool manager insists the team’s overall performances this season demonstrate they are “still in the race”.

Klopp said: “I don’t compare City with us but I think everyone can see we are not 500 miles away. But they fly. It was a very decisive day when we lost 5-0. Dealing with a 5-0 defeat is not the easiest thing. We didn’t lose confidence but we were not that fluent afterwards and it was not like we could close our eyes and finish [thinking about it]. They did exactly the opposite. I saw the Stoke goals, you see the shot from Fernandinho and you think: ‘If it works, it works even like this.’ They are a fantastic team and we don’t have to compare, but it starts so early again with us having to apologise for the season so far because one team is flying.”

The Liverpool manager admits City were “good in the transfer market, they probably did exactly what they had to do”, but believes their outstanding form in front of goal stems from keeping their strike-force intact during the summer.

He added: “Their way of football I would say is not something we are too far away from but to be as clinical as they have been so far? We weren’t.

“That’s the thing. We are still in the race, not with City in the moment because they have I don’t how many points, and I don’t say already that we should only fight for a top-four place. Performance-wise we are a team that should be there but now we have to get the results.

“We can make steps. From a very good season last year, we can make steps this year. Position-wise I think it should be possible but it is difficult with the few points we have given away. It is a long season. If we can bring in consistency and be more ruthless, be more clinical in situations because of confidence and all that stuff, then we can win games. I would say a lot of games. In the end we will see where it leads us but again it could be a good basis to build on for the next year.

Spartak Moscow punished for racist behaviour towards Liverpool player

Spartak Moscow have been hit with a partial stadium closure by Uefa for “racist behaviour” towards Liverpool striker Bobby Adekanye during last month’s Youth League match.

A section of the Russian club’s fans directed monkey chants at the 18-year-old attacker in the 2-1 defeat suffered by Steven Gerrard’s side at Spartak’s academy on 26 September.

Uefa’s control, ethics and disciplinary body (CEDB) upheld Liverpool’s subsequent complaint and a section of Spartak’s stadium will be closed for their next home game in Europe.

A Uefa statement read: “The CEDB has decided to order the partial closure of the FC Spartak Moskva Stadium during the next Uefa competition match in which FC Spartak Moskva would play as the host team. FC Spartak Moskva shall inform at least seven days prior to the match, the sector(s) to be closed, which shall at least comprehend 500 seats.”

Spartak have been directed to “display a banner with the wording ‘EqualGame’, with the Uefa logo on it” in the section closed to supporters. The Russian champions have also been fined 33,000 euros for holding up a ‘Uefa Mafia’ banner, setting off fireworks and blocking stairways during their Champions League clash at home to Liverpool last month.

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Flashback Friday: Bishop Amat, Serra players as kids http://informazing.club/flashback-friday-bishop-amat-serra-players-as-kids http://informazing.club/flashback-friday-bishop-amat-serra-players-as-kids#respond Fri, 20 Oct 2017 22:06:51 +0000 http://informazing.club/flashback-friday-bishop-amat-serra-players-as-kids

Can you believe it’s already Week 8 of the CIF Southern Section football season?

As always, we’ve got you covered for all things CIF-SS this Friday with Prep Zone and our Game of the Week between Bishop Amat and No. 20 Serra.

But as always, since it is a “Flashback Friday,” we’ve got to embarrass some future gridiron stars…

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Draymond Green feels ‘big relief’ that knee injury was minor http://informazing.club/draymond-green-feels-big-relief-that-knee-injury-was-minor http://informazing.club/draymond-green-feels-big-relief-that-knee-injury-was-minor#respond Fri, 20 Oct 2017 21:25:25 +0000 http://informazing.club/draymond-green-feels-big-relief-that-knee-injury-was-minor

Sep 30, 2017; Oakland, CA, USA; Warriors forward Draymond Green (22) winks at the crowd during a break in the action against the Nuggets.
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Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green has admitted that he thought the knee injury he suffered on Tuesday was much more serious than it turned out.

Green said that he feared a meniscus injury as the pain increased Tuesday night before he got an MRI.

“I honestly thought it was my meniscus,” Green said, via Mark Medina of Bay Area News Group, admitting that “it was a big relief” when MRI results turned out negative.

Green said he felt “a lot better” once he received treatment on the knee, and “even better” once it was drained.

The star forward has progressed so quickly that he is likely to play Friday after initially being doubtful. The Warriors and their fans will be breathing a huge sigh of relief that Green’s worst fears were not realized.

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Glenn Murray’s double for Brighton puts West Ham’s Slaven Bilic on the rack | Football http://informazing.club/glenn-murrays-double-for-brighton-puts-west-hams-slaven-bilic-on-the-rack-football http://informazing.club/glenn-murrays-double-for-brighton-puts-west-hams-slaven-bilic-on-the-rack-football#respond Fri, 20 Oct 2017 21:19:08 +0000 http://informazing.club/glenn-murrays-double-for-brighton-puts-west-hams-slaven-bilic-on-the-rack-football

For Slaven Bilic, it was a form of torture. For Brighton & Hove Albion, however, the anger that started to rain down from the home sections as the final whistle approached was music to their ears. They have waited a long time to experience the feeling of winning away in the top flight again – 34 years to be precise – and how they cherished putting that statistic to bed at the London Stadium.

It was March 1983 when Brighton won 2-1 away to Swansea City in the old First Division. The scoreline was far more emphatic here. Brighton executed Chris Hughton’s plan to perfection, with two goals from Glenn Murray and a fine effort from José Izquierdo moving them into the top half, and the taunts from the away end spoke volumes for their dominance over West Ham, who could be back in the bottom three by the end of the weekend. Bilic will be a worried man after this capitulation.

A little over a month since West Ham seemed to be on the verge of civil war the mood has been more measured of late, to the extent that David Sullivan felt comfortable enough to put his continued support for Bilic down to a belief in morality during a interview with Sky Sports before kick-off. They were noble words from the club’s co-owner – “I believe in what’s right,” Sullivan explained – although anyone paying attention to recent events at West Ham might have taken them with a pinch of salt given that it only takes a few adverse results for the grumbling to resume in this corner of east London.

Chairmen are hardly known for worrying about shows of loyalty when they see their team slipping, after all, and it is doubtful Sullivan enjoyed the sloppiness that meant West Ham walked off to a chorus of boos at half-time.

It had seemed as though the onus was on West Ham to seize the initiative in the early stages. Instead it was Brighton who took control, surprising their hosts by pressing high and passing the ball with pleasing crispness and confidence. With Bruno willing to make overlapping runs in support of Anthony Knockaert on the right, Brighton’s adventurous spirit was troubling West Ham, who looked slightly put out by the impertinence of their opponents.

This boldness paid off. West Ham were trying to come to terms with Brighton’s positive approach when Pedro Obiang lazily conceded a free-kick on the left. Pascal Gross’s inswinging delivery carried danger and Obiang, epitomising West Ham’s doziness, failed to track Murray who guided a low header beyond Joe Hart for his first goal of the season.

This was the perfect scenario for Brighton, who were able to drop back, sit deep and stifle West Ham, while it was a stern test of character for Bilic’s players. Brighton were diligent and organised, snapping into the challenge whenever there was a hint of a loose touch and West Ham’s creators toiled in their search for space.

Weighed down by a lack of movement in attack West Ham’s threat was limited to hopeful snapshots from Javier Hernández and the frustration was building even before Izquierdo doubled Brighton’s lead just before half-time. Moments after Hart made a fine save to deny Murray at the end of a flowing counterattack Izquierdo gathered possession on the left, stepped past Obiang and aimed for the far corner from 20 yards. Hart’s inability to get a strong enough hand to the Colombian’s bending effort summed up West Ham’s performance.

The absence of the suspended Andy Carroll meant this was an opportunity for West Ham to show they could flourish without their Geordie battering ram. On paper their attack looked flexible, quick and inventive. Yet they were struggling to turn territorial dominance into clear openings. Manuel Lanzini was finding it hard to shake off Dale Stephens and Davy Pröpper while Hernández was often isolated against Lewis Dunk and Shane Duffy, a committed duo who were keeping Mathew Ryan well protected in the Brighton goal.

Bilic responded by tweaking his system at half-time, removing Cheikhou Kouyaté from midfield and adding André Ayew to his attack. It was a substitution with a whiff of desperation about it. As the clock ticked past the hour West Ham had still not forced Ryan to make a serious save. Their approach remained ponderous and reliant on high balls into the middle instead of intricate passing that might have pulled Brighton out of their careful shape.

It was a night when West Ham were left wondering when Marko Arnautovic, jeered off after being replaced by Edimilson Fernandes, is going to repay some of his £24m fee. Not that the Austrian’s departure led to an improvement. Moments later Pablo Zabaleta tripped Murray, who confirmed the inevitable by sending Hart the wrong way from 12 yards.

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Packers place Aaron Rodgers on injured reserve http://informazing.club/packers-place-aaron-rodgers-on-injured-reserve http://informazing.club/packers-place-aaron-rodgers-on-injured-reserve#respond Fri, 20 Oct 2017 21:15:43 +0000 http://informazing.club/packers-place-aaron-rodgers-on-injured-reserve

GREEN BAY, Wis. — The Green Bay Packers have placed Aaron Rodgers on injured reserve after the quarterback had surgery on his broken collarbone.

The team made the move on Friday. Rodgers and Packers coach Mike McCarthy have said that the surgery went well. The procedure was done Thursday outside of Green Bay.

The two-time NFL MVP is out indefinitely. McCarthy has said Rodgers could miss the rest of the season after getting hurt last weekend against the Minnesota Vikings.

Backup Brett Hundley has replaced Rodgers. He will make his first NFL start on Sunday against the New Orleans Saints.

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Report: Rockets fear Chris Paul could miss a month with knee injury http://informazing.club/report-rockets-fear-chris-paul-could-miss-a-month-with-knee-injury http://informazing.club/report-rockets-fear-chris-paul-could-miss-a-month-with-knee-injury#respond Fri, 20 Oct 2017 21:13:04 +0000 http://informazing.club/report-rockets-fear-chris-paul-could-miss-a-month-with-knee-injury

The Houston Rockets could be without their big new acquisition for at least a month, according to a report.

Marc Stein of the New York Times reported Friday that there are fears that point guard Chris Paul could miss a month due to the knee injury he suffered Tuesday night.

Stein points out that, with it being so early in the season, the Rockets are likely to take things very slowly with Paul to avoid further issues down the road.

Paul’s knee issue — which kept him out of the end of Houston’s win over the Golden State Warriors — did not appear serious at first glance. Clearly, however, it has not responded well if there is such heightened concern that it could develop into a longer-term absence.

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‘Leicester’s Matt Toomua: ‘My mind is firmly here, I want a few good years here’ | Sport http://informazing.club/leicesters-matt-toomua-my-mind-is-firmly-here-i-want-a-few-good-years-here-sport http://informazing.club/leicesters-matt-toomua-my-mind-is-firmly-here-i-want-a-few-good-years-here-sport#respond Fri, 20 Oct 2017 21:11:25 +0000 http://informazing.club/leicesters-matt-toomua-my-mind-is-firmly-here-i-want-a-few-good-years-here-sport

Midweek in Leicester and Australian accents are everywhere. Heading up the operation this season is Matt O’Connor, fluent Strine speaker with extensive coaching experience in both hemispheres. Finally fit again after a frustrating nine-month absence is the Wallaby centre Matt Toomua, perhaps the Premiership’s most creative overseas back now Kurtley Beale has gone home. Short of signing Dame Edna Everage and swapping to green and gold jerseys, the Tigers have every Australian base covered.

Toomua, in an effort to make himself useful while recovering from a major knee operation, has even assumed the role of in-house barista, serving up flat whites so good that the entire squad form an orderly queue. “When I was injured, training would be done by about 10.30am so I thought: ‘I’ve got to do something for the guys,’” he says. “We got a commercial espresso machine installed in the club, I started making coffees for everyone and it kind of took off.

“It’s always pretty easy when it’s an addictive drug you’re serving up. There are probably half a dozen players with proper machines at home now. I don’t know how happy the wives are that I’ve increased their monthly spend.”

The England winger Jonny May is his latest wannabe apprentice although Toomua reports mediocre results: “No one wants his coffee because it tastes rubbish. He made one for the coach today and Matty just threw it out. At least he’s trying.” Manu Tuilagi, in contrast, has become a serious expert, the consolatory bonus of his own lengthy injury absences.

Leicester, though, did not sign Toomua, who owns coffee shops in Canberra, for his expertise on the subject of coffee beans and patterned froth. Nor did the player hand in his Wallaby badge to sit around in cafes all day. Both parties have had to be patient but, with Castres the visitors at Welford Road in the Champions Cup on Saturday, the classy Wallaby is finally around to offer George Ford support at 12 and to give Leicester’s attacking game a fresh dimension. “Matt is very good at seeing space,” says Ben Youngs, as excited as anyone by his side’s attacking potential. “It’s so natural for him he doesn’t have to think about it. Him and George are really enjoying playing together. They’re helping each other’s game and that’s only going to benefit us as a side.”

Which perfectly sums up the beauty of the top-drawer overseas signing – and the privilege of being able to import such a luxury. Toomua is refreshingly honest about his chief motivation for leaving Australia – “speaking frankly, you don’t get paid as much” – but, as the Toulon-bound Rhys Webb is discovering, overseas-based players cannot have it all. As is now the case in Wales, only players with 60 caps can represent Australia if based abroad. Toomua has 33, which means he, like Webb, cannot feature in the 2019 World Cup unless he signs a contract at home.

Unfair or the price to be paid for living offshore? Webb’s supporters argue the former but, either way, Toomua sees no immediate end to the tide of expensive muscle flowing into the English and French leagues: “Those market forces are not going to disappear. If anything, the gap’s getting bigger. It’s probably something that is going to have to be dealt with a lot more down south.”

While he admits it can be tough watching the Wallabies, who are facing New Zealand in Brisbane , he says: “I knew what I was getting myself into and I’m more than comfortable with that decision.”

In the 27-year-old’s case, the calculations were more personal than most. He has an unfortunate history of concussion – including four separate incidences in the Rugby Championship in three seasons – which meant cashing in his international chips for a lucrative overseas contract was not exactly a left-field option. He also happens to be one half of his country’s most remarkable sporting couple: his wife, Ellyse Perry, has the distinction of being the only Australian of either sex to have played in both a cricket and a football World Cup.

Matt Toomua with his wife, the cricketer Ellyse Perry, in 2014. Photograph: Joosep Martinson/Getty Images

This summer their career paths briefly dovetailed when Perry, a defender who scored for her country in a World Cup quarter-final and a pace-bowling all-rounder set to play in the forthcoming Women’s Ashes, was in the UK representing Australia and Loughborough Lightning. For now, though, it is a case of professional separation until it is time to settle down and hatch some more Aussie internationals. “We’ve got plenty of years to get sick of each other later on in life,” says Toomua, glossing over the short-term sacrifices. “We’re in a special time now in terms of opportunity. If we didn’t take it, we’d be pretty disappointed later on.”

At least Toomua’s injury, sustained almost exactly a year ago against Racing 92 in round two of Europe, allowed the pair some time to explore the rest of the continent, not least Dubrovnik “because I love Game of Thrones”. Next on the list is to win some big European games with Tigers alongside Ford, with whom he has clearly formed a bond. “We both really like rugby and talk about it a lot. He is one of the smartest players I’ve come across, right up there with the 10s I’ve played with. We just pick each other’s brains and see what we’re thinking in certain places. It’s his composure that really sets him apart. You don’t see him yelling, his hair doesn’t move, he doesn’t get flustered. Roger Federer doesn’t sweat and he’s probably the same. I’m pretty fortunate to play around guys like that.”

The Tigers are equally lucky to have their smart, affable, talented Wallaby. O’Connor calls him “as good a distributor as there is” and Toomua also believes he can offer a slightly different mindset – “When backs in Australia do extra work-ons it’s passing and kicking; here a lot of it is in the gym” – to the Midlands norm. The accelerating modern game is becoming less about crash-ball 12s and more about clever second distributors. The dextrous centre, when fit, is among the very best.

May’s current scoring streak of seven tries in seven games – “He keeps telling everyone he’s the new Jamie Vardy,” says Youngs – certainly owes a debt to the creative architects inside him. By the sound of it, Toomua is also in no particular rush to fly home: “My mind is very firmly here, especially after not really playing last season. I want to have a few good years here.” Australia’s significant loss is increasingly Leicester’s gain.

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