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Maguire, not money, lured Rochow to Souths

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first_imgThe former NSW Country representative was on the verge of signing with the defending premiers midway through last season but opted for a one-year deal with the Bunnies because of his relationship with Maguire.  The 26-year-old former Storm player had one season with Maguire while he was an assistant at Melbourne before the now Rabbitohs mentor moved to Wigan for a two-year coaching deal in the English Super League. “He was mainly the attacking coach and he spent a lot of time working with our back-rowers in Melbourne. He basically worked on the finer parts of attack with individual players,” Rochow told NRL.com. “I did a brief amount of work – it was nothing extensive – but I took a lot out of those moments. Rugby league is a great game where you can build connections off the smallest amounts of time with people. “When you’re making a decision to change clubs, you’ve got to look at the head coach, the playing group and where you’re going to live. “Working with a few of these players before and being familiar with Michael Maguire’s setup – and having a good chat with him and a couple of players like ‘GI’ (Greg Inglis) – that was probably the main thing that got me here. “I thought looking at the roster there was an opportunity to work and develop with some of the players.”The luckless forward was restricted to just 13 matches over the past two seasons due to bulging discs in his back as well as back-to-back broken arms that halted his time in Newcastle.  But Rabbitohs fans needn’t worry about his health, with Rochow declaring himself 100 per cent fit heading into the new season and with a point to prove at his new club.  “My injuries were unfortunate. I probably didn’t come back 100 per cent after breaking my arm, and if you’re not 100 per cent in this game you’re opening yourself up to some more injuries,” he said. “While it was frustrating, I think I dealt with it pretty well. It’s not something I want to be good at, but I am good at dealing with injuries. You learn to deal with it, and I’m extremely grateful to have some truly amazing people in my life. They always keep you positive. “I’ve done everything this pre-season – I haven’t missed any sessions – so I’m feeling really fit. I don’t feel like anything is holding me back so I’m ready to get on the field and get back into it.”Rabbitohs skipper Greg Inglis said it was good to see his former Storm teammate back on the paddock and backed him to succeed at his new club. “You knew he was going to be a player. He was one of those guys that asked questions and wanted to learn whenever possible,” said Inglis, who recalled their brief time together in Melbourne. “He just wanted to get back to playing footy [here at Souths]. He’s had little niggles over the years and I think we bought him at the right time. He’s done a great job in Newcastle. He’s an exceptional player, and off the field he ticks all the boxes.”last_img read more

FIFA World Cup 2018: Stats of the Day – Day 19

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first_imgAdvertisement AdvertisementFormer Argentine winger Claudio Caniggia.Greetings readers! We are back again with today’s edition of FIFA’s “Stats of the Day” feature. Read about all the interesting trivia associated with your favourite footballers and teams right here.Here is an excerpt of FIFA’s “Stats of the Day”: 1954 – The third-place play-off match between Austria and Uruguay becomes the 100th FIFA World Cup match.1990 – Argentinian Claudio Caniggia’s 67th-minute header against Italy in the semi-finals finally puts an end to goalkeeper Walter Zenga’s record-breaking run of 517 minutes without conceding – a FIFA World Cup record which is still intact.2010- Thomas Mueller’s opener against Argentina becomes Germany’s 200th World Cup goal, with the Germans the second team to reach this landmark.2010 – Iker Casillas saves a penalty from Paraguay’s Oscar Cardozo and becomes the third goalkeeper to save two penalties in the World Cup but the first to do so in two different editions, having also saved Ian Harte’s penalty in 2002. Poland’s Jan Tomaszewski (1974) and American Brad Friedel (2002) are the other two keepers to have saved two spot kicks.To read more click here: FIFA Stats of the Day: July 3 Read also: Football: Former Goalkeeper, Peter Schmeichel shows pride in his son for an exceptional performance in the tie-breakerFIFA World Cup 2018: Belgians shock with an injury-time comeback and sees of Blue SamuraisFootball: Former Dortmund man and Greek International, Sokratis Papastathopoulos joins Arsenallast_img read more