Jack Wighton reacts to leak drama that overshadowed his surprise Dally M Medal win - Wide World of Sports
'Halfway through they came and took our phones'
Raiders star Jack Wighton says he was unaware of his Dally M Medal win being leaked early, due to his phone being confiscated. Wighton claimed a surprise victory in the NRL's highest individual honour, beating Parramatta's Clint Gutherson and hot favourite Nathan Cleary of Penrith. News of the final vote count was leaked by The Daily Telegraph at about 6.30pm on Monday, before the public vote count even began. Yet Wighton, who claimed the medal with 26 votes, said that he was blissfully unaware as controversy raged on social media. "It was halfway through they came and took our phones and no one really knew what was going on," Wighton told Nine's TODAY on Tuesday. "After, they told us that there was a leak. But we didn't know too much while we were sitting in the room. "I didn't look too much into it. I still haven't looked much at social media, I kind of turned the phone off last night and just went to bed. Jack Wighton speaks to the media after winning the 2020 Dally M Medal. (Getty) "I think I've got a thing for receiving medals with a little bit of drama around them. I've just got to take the win as it is and be happy," Wighton added, referring to his Clive Churchill Medal win in last year's grand final, which came after Roosters player Jared Waerea-Hargreaves was told that he was getting the award. Wighton said that he felt like a deserving winner, despite the leak drama and overwhelming expectations that Cleary would win. The Canberra five-eighth was seated alongside Cleary, Gutherson and other players as the votes were announced. "I do [feel like I deserve it], I've had a great year, but at the same time, it could have went to any person on that chair with me," Wighton said. "As you could see at the end, I was very shocked and I kind of thought someone else might have got it but that's just the way it goes. I'm very grateful to receive the medal." Jack Wighton with his Dally M Medal. (Getty) The Panthers are fuming that Cleary was made to attend the ceremony in grand final week, only to sit there knowing that he would not be named the winner due to the leak. His father, Panthers coach Ivan Cleary, was named Dally M Coach of the Year.
Lily James cancels yet another scheduled TV appearance amid Dominic West drama - 9TheFIX
Actress Lily James has cancelled yet another TV appearance amid the scandal involving married actor Dominic West. Just one day after pulling out of her interview with the US Today show, Page Six reports that the 31-year-old also axed her scheduled appearance on The Graham Norton Show, where she was due to promote her new Netflix film, Rebecca, alongside co-star Armie Hammer. The latest developments come after the actress was photographed engaging in PDA with West during a two-day trip to Rome last week. James and the 51-year-old actor who has been married to Irish aristocrat Catherine FitzGerald for 10 years are set to play father and daughter in the upcoming British series, The Pursuit of Love. Lily James attends the launch of My Burberry Black at Burberry's all day cafe Thomas's on August 22, 2016 in London, England. (Getty) READ MORE:Everything Dominic West has said about cheating and affairs In photographs published in the Daily Mail, the pair looked romantic as they toured the streets together on an electric scooter before dining at a restaurant, where West who was not wearing his wedding ring at the time was seen nuzzling James' neck as they dined at a restaurant. After the photos made headlines, West and FitzGerald, 49, posed for photos outside their home in the UK, where they kissed in front of photographers and declared their 10-year marriage was stronger than ever. "Our marriage is strong and we're very much still together. Thank you," read a note they left outside their home. Dominic West and Catherine Fitzgerald attend Chanel And Charles Finch Pre-Oscar Awards Dinner At The Polo Lounge in Beverly Hills on February 23, 2019 in Beverly Hills, California. (Getty) READ MORE:Who is Catherine FitzGerald, wife of The Affair actor Dominic West? While James cancelled her upcoming interviews on Today and The Graham Norton Show, UK magazine Grazia published an interview with her overnight where she was asked if the public often confuse her real-life persona with the characters she plays. "We were talking about how in this film, it's a bit like social media, we think Rebecca is this one thing, like you're saying it's very deceptive and you scratch the surface and you realise it's completely different," she said in her response, which was shared on the magazine's YouTube page. "I think that's our lives, that's how we display ourselves on social media, that's the characters we play versus who we really are, how we present ourselves versus the truth. It's a complete minefield and very rarely what things appear to be."
EXCLUSIVE: Penrith coach Ivan Cleary tipped for ruthless grand final axing - Wide World of Sports
'It has to be the case'
Brent Naden hasn't tasted defeat in the 17 games he's played for the Panthers this year, yet he faces the inevitable axe from the grand final match day 17 as the Panthers plot a path to their first premiership in 18 years, according to Peter Sterling. Ivan Cleary's game day decision to drop Naden to the bench in favour of Tyrone May at right centre before Penrith's grand final qualifier against Souths might have come as a shock to the media and fans but after the game Cleary revealed the decision had been brewing for the last few weeks. The coach saw some defensive lapses against the Roosters that worried him and May was told more than a week before the Rabbitohs match that he would be starting at centre, partnering Nathan Cleary on the right edge. Based on that logic, legendary halfback Sterling says the safe money would be on Cleary taking the same approach this week against a stacked Storm left edge, which means Naden is most likely the odd man out. Koroisau vs Smith crucial in NRL GF "If that was the line of thinking last week it has to be the case this week when you consider that left hand side of Munster, Papenhuyzen, Olam and Addo-Carr," Sterling told Wide World of Sports' Sterlo's Wrap. "Based on that, the unlucky player again is going to be Brent Naden." Naden has scored 12 tries in 17 games this year and has been the team's lucky charm. After being dropped for Stephen Crichton in the return from the COVID shutdown he returned to the team in Round Seven on the wing and didn't miss a game as Penrith won 16 straight. Naden's spot in the 17 is now under threat because of the return of Viliame Kikau from suspension and the potential availability of Spencer Leniu, who missed the grand final qualifier with illness. With Kikau back, Kurt Capewell will likely fall back to the bench to cover May's role having had experience as a utility bench player for the Sharks. Penrith Panthers star Tyrone May in action during the 2020 season. (Getty) Leniu will likely join Moses Leota and Zane Tetevano on a bench that gives the Panthers more flexibility than one including Naden, according to Sterling. Speaking to media ahead of the decider, Naden said it would be "selfish" of him to consider his own feelings ahead of the team, adding that he has gained some perspective about potentially missing out. "That [would be] pretty selfish," Naden said. "We've got a value, a team value - it's like 'team before I'. It's pretty selfish if you think [outside that value]. "Hethro [Jack Hetherington] said to me, 'At least you're still in the team, I'm not in the 21. At least you're still in the 17.' It gave me a bit of perspective on it." May came through the grades as a half/lock and his shift to centre could be viewed as a gamble considering he has only played six games in the position during his NRL career. Brent Naden is tipped to miss out. (Getty) May told reporters he's not worried about coming up against Olam but admitted the Storm centre will be tough to handle. "He's a heck of a player," May told NRL.com. "He's doing his country proud too… he's going to be a tough man to mark. "He looks as hard as a rock, so hopefully I've got my shoulders on early." Cleary will name his 21-man grand final squad on Tuesday.
Lily Collins admits she was 'wrong' about her character's age in Emily in Paris - 9TheFIX
Lily Collins admitted she was wrong about the age of her character in Emily in Paris, after she claimed she was only 22 years old. In an interview with BritishVogue, published October 6, the actress said that she believed Emily Cooper was around the age of 22. "I don't believe we've ever given her a specific 'number' for her age but I believe that she's pretty fresh out of college. Maybe this is her first year after graduation. I want to say she's like, 22-ish," the star explained. "She's had enough experience at her company in Chicago to have earned the respect of her boss. She's a smart cookie and really innovative and this is not her first rodeo doing what she does. She's gone to school for this, and she's completed internships." Lily Collins as Emily Cooper in Emily in Paris. (Netflix) Now, Collins has admitted that she had made a mistake about her character's age. "Emily looking at me when I get her age wrong," the 31-year-old actress wrote on her Instagram Story, alongside a GIF of her character from the Netflix series. "Sorry girl." "You might not be 22, but I gotta say you do act like it sometimes!!!" she added. READ MORE:Emily in Paris is about to be your new favourite show Lily Collins admitted she was wrong about her character's age in the Netflix series. (Instagram) Emily in Paris stars Collins as an American marketing exec who finds herself suddenly living and working in Paris is the latest creation from producer, director and writer Darren Star (Younger and Sex and the City). "She's not the person who travelled during college," the Collins said of her character in the British Vogue interview. "She was really, really focused on her jobs in the Midwest, and I don't think she's been abroad. "Basically, she's always kind of been a big fish in a small pond and then suddenly in Paris she's a fish out of water. If she had gone to a different company in Chicago, she would have been taken seriously but in Paris, she's not prepared for the cultural shift that she experiences at Savoir. Her only real experience of Europe is through movies and TV."
Meghan Markle's sweet tribute to Princess Diana in new portrait - 9Honey
Meghan Markle has paid tribute to Princess Diana in her first official photograph with Prince Harry, since stepping back from their royal duties in March. The black and white photograph, taken by photographer Matt Sayles, was released ahead of the couple appearing in the TIME100 Talks on Tuesday, which will focus on the State of Our Shared Digital Experience. In the stunning portrait, Meghan appears to be wearing Princess Diana's gold Cartier Tank watch, causing royal spectators to wonder if she was wearing an heirloom of her husband's late mother. Princess Diana wearing the Cartier tank watch. (Getty) The Duchess had spoken about her love of the Cartier watch before, saying in an interview with Hello! magazine in 2015 that she bought one after Suits was picked up for a third season. "I've always coveted the Cartier French Tank Watch," she told the magazine. "When I found out Suits had been picked up for our third season which, at the time, felt like such a milestone I totally splurged and bought the two-tone version." Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. (Matt Sayles) It's not the first time Meghan has worn her late mother-in-law's pieces; wearing an emerald-cut aquamarine ring to her evening wedding reception at Frogmore House and a pair of butterfly earrings and a gold bracelet, which she wore on their Australian tour in 2018. Dan Macsai,TIME executive editor and editorial director of the TIME100 said he's excited to work with the couple. "We look forward to working with them to elevate essential voices and highlight real solutions to some of the most pressing issues of our time," he said. Harry and Meghan will make opening and closing remarks at the event.
Chris Waller trained Verry Elleegant wins 2020 Caulfield Cup - Wide World of Sports
Makes huge statement ahead of Melbourne Cup
The Chris Waller trained Verry Elleegant has won the 2020 Caulfield Cup. Anthony Van Dyk came second with The Chosen One coming in third finished third in the 2400-metre race. It was Waller's first ever Caulfield Cup. "It's a very special win with a very special horse," Waller said. "She's tough. And I thought she was beaten to tell you the truth at the 100-metre mark, and she dug so deep." Waller added: "Mightn't sound a lot to those watching on from home, but I can assure you, Caulfield Cup history suggests mares with 55 (kg) — they don't win very often. "That's how good she is." Verry Elleegant, ridden by Mark Zahra, made a huge statement ahead of the Melbourne Cup and will take home $3 million of the $5 million prizemoney on offer.
Sylvia Jeffreys announces she's pregnant, expecting second child with Peter Stefanovic - 9TheFIX
Sylvia Jeffreys has announced she pregnant with her second child. The Today Extra host, 34, shared the exciting news on Instagram on Saturday, posting a photo of her husband Peter Stefanovic, 38, and their eight-month-old son, Oscar. "When you find out you're getting a best bud for life. Oscar's little brother due in April next year," the Nine journalist wrote. "We are so lucky." Jeffreys is due in April 2021, meaning she is approximately 14 weeks along. The couple, who married in 2017, welcomed Oscar in February 2020. Jeffreys took five months of maternity leave following Oscar's birth, returning to the Today Extra desk in late July. During the week Jeffreys revealed Oscar had been conceived via IVF, however it isn't known if her second pregnancy is the result of fertility treatment. In an on-air discussion with Nine.com.au's Brooke Campbell on Wednesday about unused embryos and the dilemma they can pose to parents who no longer need them Jeffreys revealed the topic had personal significance. Jeffreys and Stefanovic are parents to Oscar, eight months. (Instagram) "I know from my own personal experience of IVF that so much goes into having a successful embryo and having something sitting there that gives you the opportunity to make life for your family," she said, tearing up as she spoke. RELATED:Sylvia Jeffreys touches on IVF experience: 'So much goes into a successful embryo' "There's such an emotional attachment to those embryos, long before they become the baby or the child that you grow to love." Oscar is close to his cousin Harper, born to Karl and Jasmine Stefanovic in May. The in-laws and colleagues regularly share photos of the babies playing together. Congratulations to the Stefanovic clan on this exciting news.
Richmond's eerily accurate 10-year plan revisited as Tigers eye 13th premiership flag - Wide World of Sports
Once mocked audacious 'vision' unbelievably comes true
A bold 10-year plan released by Richmond in 2010 has eerily almost completely come to fruition as the Tigers sit on the verge of another AFL premiership following several years as a top team in the league. After Richmond progressed to their third AFL grand final in four years with a narrow, six-point win over Port Adelaide on Friday night, a 10-year-old video was posted on social media which quickly went viral. The video clip was from an episode of Nine's Footy Classified that featured CEO Brendon Gale explaining the club's long-term goals as part of their 10-year 'Winning Together' vision. Richmond coach Damien Hardwick in 2009 (Vince Caligiuri) Back in March 2010, Gale's speech laying out the blueprint for the club was presented to the team and released. "Together, our entire club is motivated by the vision of our future in 2020. It's a vision of greatness and leadership that we describe as THE POWER and THE GLORY. By 2020, we aspire to have won our 13th Premiership; consistently provide the most exciting and powerful match-day experience in the competition; once again have the strongest support base in the nation, and enjoy the strongest emotional connection with our members and fans," a transcript of the presentation read. The plan also included the club aiming to have zero debt by 2020, as they struggled being approximately $4 million in the red in 2010. At the time the Tigers were a young team in a rebuilding phase with a frustrated fanbase. They were desperate to play finals footy, had just signed coach Damien Hardwick and they were still yet to reach their full potential. In 2010 they had just drafted seven fresh-faced players too, including one Dustin Martin. Gale's audacious plan was met with near mockery at the time, and his appearance on Footy Classified having to staunchly defend the club's lofty goals highlighted this. "Absolutely, we've got to make the right decisions in the most competitive sport just about in the world, and one of the most competition eras in the history of our game," Gale said. "I make no apologies we want to be the best football club. We want to be the greatest. "It starts with a vision. We're not here to just compete, no-one does. "You may as well pack up. No, I'm not embarrassed, I'm proud of that and we've got a vision to compete and be the best. "The best on the field and off the field. If we are not locked into that, we might as well pack up and go." Damien Hardwick, Senior Coach of the Tigers and CEO Brendon Gale celebrate during the 2019 Toyota AFL Grand Final win (Getty) Fast forward to 2020 and the Tigers are on the verge of claiming their 13th VFL/AFL flag, should they be victorious in the grand final against either Brisbane or Geelong. They've also well and truly surpassed the 75,000 membership goal, with the club tallying 100,000 members for a third consecutive season this year, despite the challenges of the coronavirus pandemic. And as of last year, according to the club's 2019 financial results which were publicly released on their website, Richmond are debt free with cash reserves of $24.4 million. They've also developed their Punt Road Oval training facility in the last 10 years and in 2019 the Tigers had the highest average home crowd in the AFL for the third year in a row with 59,987.
Wallabies coach Dave Rennie claps back at All Blacks 'smokescreen' ahead of Bledisloe Cup rematch - Wide World of Sports
'We don't need to air that'
Wallabies coach Dave Rennie has accused the All Blacks of attempting to manipulate Australian referee Angus Gardner, who will be in the hot seat for Sunday's intriguing Bledisloe Cup rematch at Eden Park. On Friday, Rennie responded forcefully to New Zealand assistant coach John Plumtree, who had claimed Australia had escaped unpunished for "late charges" and "off ball incidents" in last weekend's thrilling 16-all draw in Wellington. That Test was controlled by Kiwi referee Paul Williams, while Gardner was the assistant who later apologised for failing to spot Rieko Ioane put a foot in touch before an All Blacks try. After announcing two changes to his starting pack, Rennie told reporters that he was disappointed by Plumtree's comments which were a "smokescreen." RA in talks with Nine "In my opinion, we don't need to air that sort of stuff through the media," Rennie said. "And why would we do that? "Are we trying to influence the referee for the next game and that sort of thing? "You've got an opportunity to go straight to the referee, so I'm not sure if he's appealing to the masses. "I'm a little bit surprised by those comments." While making his complaints to the media, Plumtree simultaneously said: "All Blacks don't cry, we just get on with it - we adjust to how the game is being refereed and that's in every department... "We knew that was coming. "That kind of play on the field has to be dealt to by the referees. Australia regroup following the Bledisloe Cup match (Getty) "There were several occasions where there were some off ball incidents, but it's got to be dealt with properly on the field. "But we've got to be able to adjust to that as well and I think that's probably why you have a couple of senior players in particular fired up about it. "If Paul (Williams) missed stuff, then he's missed it. "But if it's a consistent habit that he's seeing and it's not being looked after, then obviously we'd be disappointed." COVID-19 has meant no neutral referees for the Bledisloe Cup and it puts Gardner in a tough spot in front of a sold out Eden Park baying for Wallabies blood. The All Blacks haka. (Getty) Gardner has already taken the unusual step of talking to the press midweek, putting his hand up for the Ioane no call. "It was just a genuine miss — sometimes it happens at that speed," Gardner told Gold AM's Country Sport Breakfast. "Obviously I put my hand up for it. "We're there to referee the game whether it's the All Blacks or the Wallabies or Wellington or Otago or Chiefs versus Crusaders… our job's just the game, it shouldn't matter who the two teams are."
Mal Meninga to join Wayne Bennett in Queensland Maroons coaching 'A-team' - Wide World of Sports
'Exceptional circumstances' a gift for Queensland
Mal Meninga has been forced to temporarily step down from his role as Kangaroos coach to take up an invitation from the QRL to join Wayne Bennett's Queensland staff for next month's State of Origin series. Meninga's appointment as part of a dream Maroons coaching team was confirmed earlier today, with ARL Commission chairman Peter V'landys then releasing a statement to clarify how the Queensland icon could juggle both jobs. V'landys said that due to the fact that their were no Test matches on this year's schedule the ARLC was able to give Meninga special dispensation. "This year is an exceptional year," V'landys said. "Under normal circumstances you can't be head coach of the Kangaroos and be involved in an Origin squad. But given there are no Test matches because of COVID we have granted Mal permission to assist Queensland. "Mal is an Origin legend and his presence in the series will add an additional layer of excitement for our fans and players." After getting the seal of approval from QRL, Meninga will take on a coaching role alongside Maroons assistant Neil Henry, under Bennett. QRL chairman Bruce Hatcher described the move as a "match made in heaven" with Meninga and Bennett winning a combined 14 State of Origin series as coaches of the Maroons. "Just as in life, no one has all the skills, and I think Wayne and Mal's skills are complementary more than anything with their combined years of experience and success," Hatcher told NRL.com. Mal Meninga (Getty) "They go back a very long way. As far as coaching goes they have all we could ever want. Young blokes are going to make up the majority of our side and from a mentoring sense you couldn't have better leadership. "The collaboration between two outstanding leaders of men in Wayne and Mal is a match made in heaven. It is absolutely the A-team. "This is going to be an environment where people like Wayne, Mal and Neil - all with the relevant coaching experience - will get the best out of their charges for the series." The 2020 State of Origin series begins in Adelaide on November 4. Wayne Bennett, Coach of Souths (Getty)