Leuluai: I thought my Kiwis career was over

first_imgAfter featuring at the Four Nations tournament at the end of last season, Leuluai expected the pool play clash against Scotland – where he suffered a broken jaw midway through the match – would be his 36th and final Test for New Zealand.But this week he spoke of his joy when coach David Kidwell confirmed he would be part of the 24-man squad despite the selection of UK-based Kiwi players being almost unheard in the current international environment.”Yeah, I most probably felt like [my Kiwis career over]. Then halfway through the year [Kidwell] gave me a call and I knew I was in the mix there, and I was lucky enough to get the call towards the end of the season,” Leuluai said.”I was quite surprised if I’m honest, I’m very honoured… to go to the World Cup with the Kiwis is always a great honour.”While he played almost exclusively as a half for the Wigan Warriors this year, Leuluai is also vastly experienced at hooker where he has played at both NRL Telstra Premiership and Test level.With Issac Luke a shock omission based on form, 32-year-old Leuluai shapes as the leading contender to wear the Kiwis’ No.9 jersey with youngsters Danny Levi and Kodi Nikorima also in the mix. “I think [I’ll be used] more in the hooker role, obviously I can play both positions, so it’s cover for both,” Leuluai said. “But predominantly [Kidwell] said focus on nine. I’m happy with that, I’ve done it my whole career.”Despite his Wigan side failing to make the play-offs, Leuluai’s season stretched deep into September, leaving no issues with match fitness.”It’s the latest I have played for the last few years, so I didn’t have to do too much training on my own before Kiwi camp,” he said. “We trained [on Monday] and it was tough, I haven’t done too much, but I think I stopped playing four weeks ago so it’s not too bad.” The Kiwis will depart for a camp in the Waikato town of Ngaruawahia on Tuesday as they build towards their opening match of the World Cup against Samoa on October 28 in Auckland.last_img read more

For 2009 a long awaited addition to the ladies c

first_imgFor 2009, a long awaited addition to the ladies’ collection at Richard Mille watches has become a reality with the presentation of the RM 019 “Celtic Knot” Ladies’ Tourbillon wristwatch.The first and most striking feature of this new creation is the diamond studded Celtic Knot that traverses and weaves itself over and through various parts of the movement, connecting and joining winding barrel, power reserve indicator and tourbillon in an endless cycle. The hour and minute hands are striking in their asymmetrical placement within the flowing lines of this Celtic Knot pattern.Adding a refined visible touch, the tourbillon endstone bridge on the onyx baseplate side is also engraved with a Celtic triquetra knot. Keeping with the technical nature of all watches created by the brand, the RM 019 utilizes a newly developed power reserve indicator that makes use of a differential gearing system, directly connected to the winding barrel. Via a red line etched on its surface, the direct turning of the power reserve barrel allows the wearer to easily note if the watch requires winding.The RM 019 “Celtic Knot” Ladies’ Tourbillon will be available in 18 carat Red or White gold cases, finished with a specially sculpted, Alcryn collared crown.www.richardmille.comlast_img read more