Rob slams Hore
CARDIFF - Wales assistant coach Rob Howley has launched a scathing attack on New Zealand hooker Andrew Hore following his challenge on Bradley Davies in All Blacks' 33-10 win in Cardiff last Sunday. Davies was taken to hospital after being struck from behind. He was subsequently cited by match commissioner Mike Rafter and will face a disciplinary hearing this week and Howley is hoping for a lengthy ban. "What Hore did has got no place on a rugby field, as far as I am concerned," Howley said.
CARDIFF - Wallabies second-rower Sitaleki Timani will face a disciplinary hearing in Bristol today over a striking charge which threatens to end his European tour. Timani is in danger of missing the final game of the Wallabies' tour against Wales in Cardiff on Sunday over the incident. The 26-year-old appeared to elbow an Italian player in the head during a scuffle in the 13th minute of last Sunday's 22-19 win. If Timani is suspended, Dave Dennis could start in the second row or Kane Douglas if he has recovered from a knee injury.
CARDIFF - Wales prop Aaron Jarvis has been ruled out of Sunday's Test match against Australia after suffering a knee ligament injury. Jarvis sustained the problem during his side's 33-10 defeat against New Zealand and will undergo further assessment before it is decided if the Welsh star needs surgery. Wales head coach Warren Gatland, who has put back his team annoucement until Friday, hopes to receive better news over the fitness of lock Bradley Davies ahead of this weekend's Millennium Stadium clash.
ROME - Napoli moved back into title contention with a 1-0 win at mid-table Cagliari yesterday, placing the southern club two points behind Italian league leader Juventus. With Napoli's leading scorer Edinson Cavani suspended and fellow forward Goran Pandev out injured, Marek Hamsik found the target in the 72nd minute with an angled shot from inside the area to finish off an action began by Lorenzo Insigne, who also hit the post in the first-half. Juventus lost 1-0 to AC Milan on Monday.
Out of danger
MADRID - Celta Vigo moved well above the Spanish relegation zone with a 1-0 win yesterday at Zaragoza. The only goal of a dull match came seven minutes from time, when Celta's left-back Robert Lago centred for Iago Aspas to break the deadlock with a calm finish. Zaragoza poured forward for an equaliser, but Celta keeper Javi Varas made sharp saves from Carlos Aranda and Javi Alamo. The win took Celta up to sixth from bottom, one point below Zaragoza in 13th place.
No Pep deal
RIO DE JANEIRO - Brazilian Football Confederation president Jose Maria Marin has dismissed reports the five-time world champions are going to sign former Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola to lead their 2014 World Cup campaign. "There is a very little chance it will be a foreign coach. We have won five World Cups with Brazilian coaches and I don't think it will be necessary," Marin told the Terra website. A source close to Guardiola said Brazil were the only team in the world that Guardiola was ready to coach after Mano Menezes was sacked.