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Volume 7 No. 49

People and Pop Culture

South Africa Rugby CEO JURIE ROUX and Dir of Rugby RASSIE ERASMUS joined the board of Pro14 Rugby to "represent the league's expansion" to include the Cheetahs and the Southern Kings (RUNNING RUGBY, 4/16). ... Former Scotland rugby int'l BRYAN REDPATH will "take charge" of the Scotland U20 rugby team for its World Championship campaign in France next month. Redpath, 46, returns to coaching after leaving Rugby Football Union Championship side Yorkshire Carnegie last year to "take up a business role" (BBC, 4/16).

ISRAEL FOLAU's future in Australian rugby "remains on tenterhooks." The Wallaby "reinforced his comments that gays are destined for hell unless they repent their sins, while revealing he offered to walk away from the game" at the meeting he held with Rugby Australia CEO RAELENE CASTLE and Super Rugby side NSW Waratahs CEO ANDREW HORE last Tuesday. Folau also said that he felt "misrepresented by Castle" (Sydney DAILY TELEGRAPH, 4/16). ... Boxing Association of Kenya officials are "still holding on to the passport" of Kenyan boxer BRIAN AGINA, who was reported missing after the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games. Boxing Association of Kenya Chair JOHN KAMETA said that it was realized that the 18-year old was missing from the athletes' village "just before the team's departure for Nairobi on Monday" (CAPITAL FM, 4/16). ... The Afghanistan Cricket Board has taken a "tough stance" against cricketer MOHAMMAD SHAHZAD, who has been living and playing in Peshawar, Pakistan. Shahzad has reportedly been "given a month to return home or risk losing his national team contract." The batsman was already fined for playing in a local tournament in Peshawar without the permission of ACB (HINDUSTAN TIMES, 4/16).