Short Sport, January 9, 2013

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 09 January, 2013, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 09 January, 2013, 3:04am

Western Force add to strong list of backs

Waikato flyhalf Sam Christie has claimed the final playing squad contract with Australia's Western Force for the coming Super 15 rugby season, the club said yesterday. Christie, 26, is the ninth fresh member to the Force's back division for the new campaign. The former New Zealand Schools representative is one of four flyhalf options available for the Force, along with former Central Cheetahs playmaker Sias Ebersohn, returning Wallaby regular Sam Norton-Knight and Australian under-20 representative Kyle Godwin. AFP


Swimmer Lochte to star in reality TV show

Olympic champion swimmer Ryan Lochte is diving into the world of reality television with a six-episode series opening in April. What Would Ryan Lochte Do? will follow the swimmer as he prepares for the 2016 Rio Olympics while developing his fashion line, making media appearances, dealing with his family and friends, and searching for a girlfriend. AP


England's Hales rushes to Australian Big Bash

England batsman Alex Hales was rushed into Australia's Melbourne Renegades cricket team yesterday to replace injured West Indian Marlon Samuels, who has a suspected fracture of the eye socket. Hales, 24, will join the Renegades for this week's last group-stage match in the domestic Big Bash League as well as taking part in the finals series. "It is extremely disappointing to lose Marlon in these circumstances and we wish him all the best for a speedy recovery," Renegades coach Simon Helmot said. "The team is now focusing on our Sydney road trip and Alex will be a big part of that." AFP


Quade Cooper finds confidence in boxing

Sparring for his professional boxing debut has given controversial Australia flyhalf Quade Cooper a confidence boost ahead of the coming Super 15 rugby season, Queensland Reds coach Ewan McKenzie said yesterday. The New Zealand-born back steps into the ring on February 8 on the under-card of close friend and World Cup-winning All Black Sonny Bill Williams' bout with Francois Botha. "If you are going to put yourself out there in front of a big TV audience and a crowd one-on-one ... you can't help think he is getting some benefit from a confidence point of view," McKenzie said. "He's been getting his boxing done around normal training. The quality of his rugby training has been outstanding, he seems in a very good space." Reuters