These are serious players. World Cup winners and veterans of more than 100 games each for the Hurricanes.That Boyd felt compelled to drop Savea to the bench and exclude Jane from the 23 to play at Ellis Park on Saturday (Sunday morning NZ Time), speaks volumes for how much he must rate Goosen. “Wes is fast, he’s probably the quickest guy we’ve got over short-ish periods. He’s strong, he’s got a massive workrate and he’s just been accurate, so everything we’ve asked him to do he’s done for us,” Boyd said from Johannesburg.And the coach felt Goosen deserved to be rewarded for that.Savea took the news hard and Boyd expects a response, when a chance off the bench presents itself. As for Jane, this is his last season with the franchise and he faces the prospect bowing out in a fluro vest, running water bottles and instructions from the coaches.But, as Boyd noted, there were a few blokes with strong selection claims who had to be squeezed in, once centre Vince Aso was declared fit to play.”We talked during the year that when we get to the back-end of the season, reputation counts for nothing and form will dictate selection,” said Boyd.”At the end of the day we were keen to get Vince back into the midfield in partnership with Ngani, where they’ve performed pretty well in Matt Proctor’s absence. So, with Vince going in there, there was a bit of a log-jam.”Jordie Barrett, who’d done an able job in Aso’s place, has returned to fullback. That pushed Nehe Milner-Skudder back to the right wing, where Goosen had played to such good effect in the quarterfinal win over the Brumbies.In the end Goosen swapped sides and Savea got the tap on the shoulder.The dice felt better for captain Dane Coles, who’ll make his first start since March 18 following last week’s 30-odd minutes off the bench. In doing so, the hooker will become the eleventh Hurricane – after Andrew Hore, Jane, Ma’a Nonu, Conrad Smith, Rodney So’oialo, Jeremy Thrush, Neemia Tialata, Tana Umaga, Victor Vito and Savea.to make 100 appearances for the franchise.Coles grew up in Hurricanes country and dreamed of playing for the team from a young age. One game would’ve been plenty, so 100 seems hard to comprehend.”I used to go to the games and catch the train in from the [Kapiti] coast and watch them at the stadium, so it’s always been the team I supported,” Coles said of the milestone.”I think it just shows how hard I’ve worked to get to where I am today and all the persistence and the times I used to sit on the bench behind a legend [Hore] and stuff like that. I’m just stoked that I’ve been given the chance and I’ve played so many games for a club that I love and a jersey that I love.”So it means a lot to me and my family and I suppose my friends that have supported me all the time. So very humbled that I’ve been given the chance to start and play a hundred games for the club.”Beyond Coles and Ricky Riccitelli swapping places, the pack is unchanged from that which met the Brumbies. Now, more than ever, the onus is on the blokes in jerseys 1 to 8 to make sure their star-studded backline can play.Coles knows that as well as anyone.HURRICANES: Jordie Barrett, Nehe Milner-Skudder, Vince Aso, Ngani Laumape, Wes Goosen, Beauden Barrett, TJ Perenara, Brad Shields, Ardie Savea, Vaea Fifita, Sam Lousi, Mark Abbott, Jeff To’omaga-Allen, Dane Coles (c), Ben May. Reserves: Ricky Riccitelli, Chris Eves, Loni Uhila, Reed Prinsep, Callum Gibbins, Te Toiroa Tahuriorangi, Otere Black, Julian Savea Photo by: HAGEN HOPKINS/GETTY IMAGES (Julian Savea has been benched for the semifinal against the Lions).
Source = British Airways #British Airways Million#British Airways MillionBritish Airways has chalked up its one millionth follower on twitter today, making it the UK’s most popular airline on the platform. And to celebrate, twitter followers had a treat today with an exclusive video featuring racing star Jenson Button flying an A380 flight simulator.@British_Airways attracts between five and six thousand new followers a week, and has more than doubled its numbers since becoming a 24 hour operation two years ago.The airline now has nearly twice as many followers of any other UK carrier, and counted down to the big milestone to say “Thanks a million” to their 1,000,000th follower at 1.30pm.Last year British Airways received 622,088 tweets, allowing it to share in the excitement of the build up to a long-awaited holiday, photos of views out the aircraft window and help ask questions about travel plans.The airline has been asked about pretty much everything in that time. Here are some of the most unusual requests:@British_Airways Is flying barefoot allowed? – as in arriving, checking in, boarding etc? – reason for asking, short story is lost a bet @British_Airways Can I transport a Syrian hamster from Manchester to Malta?@British_Airways Hi Is there any way to find the album which was played in the LHR T5 departure toilets yesterday around 6-7am?@British_Airways Am taking cheese to South Africa. What temp in the hold will the case be in please?@British_Airways Hi! I’m wondering if I can bring my pet pig Knepper with me on your airplane?And the team also found time to chat about the weather 3,100 times in 2016, well it is British Airways, after all.Director of Customer Troy Warfield said:“Twitter gives us a unique opportunity to have conversations with the most important people at the airline: our customers.“Welcoming a million customers to the British Airways social media family is a great vote of confidence in the hard work our twitter team does to make sure our customers get the very best out of their journeys with us.”British Airways followers have been watching racing star Jenson Button enjoy flying through the skies after piloting a British Airways A380 flight simulator at Heathrow Airport.The former World Champion – who recently announced his retirement from the track – spent 90 minutes perfecting take-off, cruise and landing of the world’s largest commercial aircraft. read more