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After beating a shark, Mick Fanning runs with the bulls

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Mick Fanning, shoes off and sipping a take-away coffee, appears as if he’s been clutching clear quartz close to him.
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The crystal, known as the “master healer” in wellness circles, is said to amplify energy and intention. Two things Fanning is radiating right now.

“Life is great,” the 36-year-old surfing and shark-punching legend tells The Sun-Herald. Adding a six-month sabbatical has “definitely” changed his outlook. He’s finally started to “let go” following several close encounters with sharks at Jeffreys Bay, the death of his brother and the breakdown of his marriage.

“It wasn’t a knee-jerk reaction to things that happened in 2015, it was a build up of things that had been happening over the years,” he says. “I felt the need for a break coming on for a few years. I sat down with a mate and said, ‘I think I need a breather’, but I always had that fear of when to do it. It all sort of just came to a head. I was tired and I didn’t have anything left so that was the perfect time.

“We think about work, we think about just living day to day. Trying to break that cycle was extremely scary because I didn’t know what was going to happen, what was life going to look like? But it was really enlightening in the fact that everything always turns out OK.

“It was great to just be a passenger for a while. My whole career I’ve been in control of where I’m going, where I’m staying. So a lot of the time I was in the back seat and didn’t even know where I was going half the time,” he says of his time off that led him to Alaska, twice, Norway and Ireland.

But relaxed is an unfamiliar state for the over-achieving Fanning. Being “kidnapped” by his mate, surf filmmaker Taylor Steele, in 2013 for three weeks helped prepare him for this next, more mindful, chapter.

“I didn’t know anything. All I got told was when I would be home. We went to seven different countries in three weeks and did some wild, wild stuff. We went and sat with the gorillas in Rwanda and ran with the bulls in Pamplona. We did some dumb things, too, running with the bulls was the dumbest thing I’ve ever done.”

He’s also laid back about his less than stellar return to the world tour, where he is a 16-year champion and the latest inductee into the Surfers Hall of Fame.

Fanning is ranked 11th in the championship race midway through the season. In the six events so far this year he’s not made it past the quarter-finals.

As he prepares for the Tahiti Pro this week, he admits being back in the surf is an adjustment and is toying with the idea of retirement, ruling out a tilt at the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.

“I didn’t know if I liked it or not,” he says. “The first two events at the start of the year, I guess, I was trying to do the same things I had done in the past, that I knew would get results. But it felt like I was lying to myself, so I didn’t enjoy it and then I did really bad in those two events so I just had to sit down, scrap it and start all over again. It feels a lot better now, just changing it all up.”

He’s also evolving onshore with his brewing company and a new job as the ambassador of the 2018 Mercedes-Benz Vans X-Class ute.

His review of what will be the most expensive ute in : “It’s better than a horse and cart.”

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Coaches in firing line as NRL looks to curb spending

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NRL head coaches will cop a pay cut; assistant coaches will be sacked; strength and conditioning staff numbers will be trimmed and lavish overseas pre-season camps will end.
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That’s the prognosis if a projected cap on the spending of the football departments of NRL clubs is introduced.

While all NRL clubs knew a ceiling on football department spending was inevitable, most assumed the cap would be set at the average of the top three spending clubs.

In 2016, those clubs were the Raiders ($8.3 million), Eels ($7.9 million) and Bulldogs ($7.8 million).

This is the money spent on running a club’s football department and does not include the salaries of players.

Alarmed at an increase of $6 million in this spending across the NRL’s 16 clubs from 2015 to 2016, the governing body has told clubs the cap will be set at the level of spending of the sixth highet club. Over-spending clubs will be given two to three years to budget down to this level.

Based on 2016 figures, the next three highest spending clubs – the Broncos, Roosters and Panthers – recorded the same expenditure of $7.4 million.

The actual average of the 16 clubs was $6.3 million, up from $5.9 million the previous year, a 7 per cent increase.

Assuming all clubs maintain their positions on the football department spending ladder in 2017, the Raiders, Eels and Bulldogs will have to shed staff, or cut salaries, or curtail other costs, while the Roosters, Panthers and Broncos will have to stabilise spending.

Coaches accuse the NRL of blindly following the AFL, which introduced a cap on football department spending three years ago. The AFL also imposed a tax on clubs that exceed the cap.

NRL club executives attended a presentation by Swans boss Andrew Ireland where he spoke positively about the cap acting as a brake on an arms race between clubs.

After all, if clubs are forced to operate under a strictly enforced salary cap and there are only two or three NRL head coaches who can attract players to clubs, what other ways are there to woo players?

Players will always be tempted to sign with a club capable of winning a premiership, but a first-class centre of excellence with a gym and indoor pool, sophisticated video equipment and comfortable lounges and dining facilities is an obvious winner.

Indications are the NRL does not want to impose a brake on spending on facilities, equipment and camps. It’s the salaries of assistant coaches that have caused most concern.

An assistant coach on $400,000 would not receive equivalent money in any other profession, given that, say, a PE teacher, would earn about $70,000 or $80,000.

There are a few former head coaches, including Jason Taylor, John Cartwright and David Furner, who are now assistants at other clubs, adding to the inflationary pressure on salaries.

The NRL expects the salaries of many assistants won’t be renewed at the same level they were previously. Some argue that head coaches deserve to be highly paid, given the scrutiny and responsibility they undertake. But the massive salary paid to Wayne Bennett by former Newcastle owner Nathan Tinkler set a benchmark for other top coaches whose contracts have been renewed since.

NRL documents indicate there is no correlation between football department spending and on-field success. The past three premiers have all ranked outside of the top eight in terms of total football spend: South Sydney ($5.4 million), the North Queensland Cowboys ($5.1 million in 2015) and Cronulla ($4.5 million).

Of the top eight spending clubs in 2016, five made the finals, while the other three finalists – the Cowboys, Sharks and Titans – were ranked 11th, 15th and 16th respectively.

The Titans are the lowest spenders on their football department in the NRL, outlaying only $3.9m last year, less than half the Raiders spend.

Football department spending will be a very busy agenda item in coming months at NRL meetings, with high-spending clubs seeking to set it at the level of the average of the top three.

They will argue that the pursuit of excellence on the field requires heavy investment in resources.

Low-spending clubs will seek to drive the cap down to the average, rendering the big spenders less competitive.

Given that six of the NRL clubs are privately owned, there will be some intriguing clashes between owners and coaches.

Owners will lobby for a cut in football department spending in order to lessen their losses, while coaches will argue that sustained success, such as the Storm’s on-field record, is dependent on an annual investment of $7 million.

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Canberra’s mid-winter auction market heats up

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Allhomes. Canberra. Domain. August 4, 2017. July auction clearance rates.The Canberra housing market continues to provide robust results for sellers with no sign of the usual mid-winter slowdown in activity.
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Canberra recorded an extremely solid 71.6 per cent auction clearance rate over July which was a sharp increase compared to the 62.8 per cent increase recorded over the previous month and also well ahead of the 66.8 per cent recorded over the same month last year.

The Canberra result was just behind the market leader Melbourne that reported a July auction clearance rate of 71.7 percent and well ahead of the Sydney clearance rate of 64.9 per cent.

Mid-winter auction listings were also on the rise in Canberra over July with 214 homes scheduled to go under the hammer which was well ahead of the 185 listed over July last year.

1821 homes have been auctioned in Canberra this year so far which is an increase of 288 or 18.8 more than the 1533 listed over the same period last year.

Canberra recorded a median auction price of $700,000 over July which a sharp rise over the previous month’s median of $677,500 and 9.9 per cent higher than the $637,000 recorded over July last year.

Sydney recorded the highest median auction price over July at $1,190,000 followed by Melbourne $742,000, Canberra $700,000, Brisbane $657,500 and Adelaide $574,500.

The Canberra housing market will commence August on the rise with heady confidence from both buyers and sellers fuelling higher prices and increased listings despite the usual distractions of the winter market. Related: Canberra rents ease but market toughRelated: Belconnen leads Canberra’s auction marketRelated: Tough competition at ACT auctioneering championships

Official interest rates will predictably remain on hold again over August and likely for the reminder of the year, although there is still an outside chance of a near-term cut if the dollar continues to surge.

Dr Andrew Wilson is Domain Group chief economist. [email protected] join on LinkedIn and Facebook at MyHousingMarket.

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Meet the Wallabies … who may need some introduction

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For those who aren’t purists – and we mean purists – of rugby union, Michael Cheika’s Wallabies squad announced on Friday may have prompted a bout of furious Googling.
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Even for devoted fans who follow the weekly rumblings of Super Rugby, there was a surprise or two. If there was ever a group to suggest that this was a new era in the n game, this was a decent effort, with the inclusion of hooker Jordan Uelese (28 minutes in three games for Melbourne) topping the list.

The winds of change are clearly blowing through the n ranks. Quade Cooper remains on the outer, while Stephen Moore, who retires from Test rugby at the end of the season, has been replaced by Michael Hooper.

All in all, there were seven uncapped faces in the 34-man squad tasked with winning the Rugby Championship and being competitive against the might of the All Blacks, who will start the shortest of favourites in the race for the Bledisloe Cup.

The two best known are refugees from rugby league. Curtis Rona, the former Bulldog and current Western Force winger, and ex-Storm flyer Marika Koroibete may be given their chance to impress in the green and gold.

That’s not to say the other rookies aren’t worthy of their place, but their lower profiles say something about the depth of rugby in this nation, which managed to make it through an entire Super Rugby campaign without a solitary win over Kiwi opposition.

Join us on a journey of discovery as we find out who’s who in a Wallabies squad short on experience but long on intrigue.

Curtis Rona

League of his own: Curtis Rona. Photo: AAP

The 25-year-old was born in New Zealand, used to play rugby league at the Bulldogs, moved to Perth for a chance in rugby and now finds himself among the candidates for a Wallaby start.

Rona was a solid top-grader in his time in league and a prolific try-scorer, something that he would hope to bring to the Wallabies fold if given some clean air. In 50 games for the Dogs, he crossed 35 times during the 2015 and 2016 seasons. Prior to that, he managed to find the line six times in seven games for the Cowboys. Alas, he only crossed once in 14 games for the Force in his debut season.

Suffice to say, he would need to rediscover his touch, or at least play in a team where he gets a sniff.

Marika Koroibete

Fijian flyer: Marika Koroibete. Photo: Stuart Walmsley

It’s fair to say Koroibete hasn’t exactly been missed by the Storm, who are playing sparkling football in the NRL and are the clear premiership favourites.

In that case, let’s hope the 25-year-old Fijian product can be of some use to Cheika and the Wallabies. A strong ball carrier, he helped himself to 34 tries in 58 games for the Storm before switching codes at the end of last season. He’s crossed six times for the Rebels and has been tough to contain when given a chance, busting 35 tackles during the Super Rugby season.

Izaia Perese

Fast feet: Izaia Perese. Photo: AAP

Izzy Perese, the Queensland Reds winger, has trod a familiar path to the Wallabies set-up. He was educated at rugby nursery Anglican Church Grammar School in Brisbane before being selected for the n schoolboys side of 2014.

Always recognised as a special talent, Perese has fast feet and some genuine speed, something the Wallabies have perhaps been missing in recent campaigns. He crossed three times in 12 games for the Reds and looks well placed to take the next step, even if he needs to eradicate some errors from his game.

Izack Rodda

Tall order: Izack Rodda. Photo: AAP

It’s a good time in n rugby to be 202 centimetres tall and weigh 119 kilograms. Cheika doesn’t have locks falling from the sky (although he left out Brumbies captain Sam Carter) and Rodda was the man to benefit from a push towards the future.

Born in Lismore, but educated at Ipswich Grammar School, Rodda made his way through the schoolboy rep teams, then the n under-20s before finally ending up in the senior squad. He made 12 appearances for the Reds this season and likes the rough stuff in the middle, something that clearly appeals to his new gaffer.

Adam Korczyk???

Reds product: Adam Korczyk. Photo: AAP

The name may be a giveaway, but Korczyk’s parents are Polish, even though he was born in New Zealand. The 22-year-old back-rower has been a solid contributor during a tough few years for the Reds, taking the field 13 times for Queensland this season.

He can play anywhere in the back row and has made his way back from a knee injury that saw him sit out the 2016 campaign at Ballymore.

Jordan Uelese???

Bolter: Jordan Uelese. Photo: ARU Media

???He’s big. He’s young. He’s an absolute bolter and he might yet get a game if either Stephen Moore or Tatafu Polota-Nau do themselves any sort of harm before the Bledisloe opener on August 19.

Whether it’s desperation, lack of depth or just Cheika going with his gut (it might be all three), Uelese comes into the Wallabies squad unheralded and, for many, unheard of. That might all change should he be thrust into the deep end.

He was with the n under-20s for much of the year and was on the Rebels list three times, seeing 28 minutes on the park.

Born in Wellington, schooled in Melbourne.

Rising force: Billy Meakes. Photo: Travis Anderson

Billy Meakes

The 26-year-old has done the hard yards on the way to what could be a Wallabies cap in coming months. He’s been selected by way of Randwick, then Gloucester in the UK and back to Perth just in time for a dramatic Super Rugby campaign with the Force.

He’s managed to keep the faith and the tenacious centre did enough to catch the eye of Cheika, although he will be down the pecking order in the Wallaby midfield.

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Newcastle Rugby: Beaches rise as top two stumblephotos

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STRONG: Michael Delore landed a conversion and penalty to help steer Southern Beaches to a 20-14 win over Wanderers.
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COACH Johan Lourens couldn’t think of a better performance –or game – after Southern Beaches hung on for an emotional 20-14 triumph over Wanderers at Alan DavisField on Saturday and take a stranglehold of third place.

Beaches lift to hold out Wanderers in tense struggle TweetFacebook NHRU Round 15 actionPictures: Stewart Hazell and Michael HartshornBoth sides went at it from the get go in a fierce contest that ebbed and flowed.

After trailing 8-5 at half-time, Beaches found their groove to lead 20-9.

In the end, it took a desperate tackle by fullback Adrian Delore to nudge Wanderers breakaway Tom Eymael into touch just short of the tryline on the last play of the game to seal the win.

“It was one of the best games I have watched this year,” Lourens said. “It was an absolute slog. Neither team stopped.It was one of those games, I want to watch it again. It was that good.”

Beaches were without captain Va Talaileva (concussion) and experienced breakaway Marlon Solofuti (overseas) but the rest of the pack lifted.

“Forwards win games of rugby and our tight-five really stepped up,” Lourens said.

The win moved Beaches to 53 points, eight clear of fourth-placed Maitland, and they also received the Tony Wansey Sheild. Wansey, who has been an integral member at both clubs, suffered a stroke earlier this year and requires 24-hour medical assistance. As well as play for the shield, Beaches ran a series of fund raisers.

“Tony means a hell of a lot to the club,” Lourens said. “Thereis not a player in the club that Tony hasn’t affected in some way.”

Elsewhere, Lake Macquarie scored two converted tries in the final eight minutes to snatch a 37-all draw with leaders Hamilton at Walters Park.

After edging ahead 18-16 at half-time, the Hawks, fueled by a 10-1 penalty count,scored three tries to open a 37-16 advantage midway through the half.

But the Roos refused to lie down.Junior Osasa crashed over from close range and Ken Viliamu did likewise to close the gap to 37-30.

Then on the final play of the game, Roos fly-half Brendan Hollidayfloated a pass on the inside for Caileb Gerrard, who exploded through a hole and raced 20 metres to score besides the post.

However, the Roos slipped out of the top five on percentages after Merewether made it four straight wins with a 52-34 trashing over University at Townson Oval.

At Marcellin Park, Max Stafford and Pat Batey scored two tries each as Maitland disposed of Nelson Bay 45-15.

Chase Hicks scored a brace to help steer The Waratahs to an emphatic 52-22 win over Singleton at Waratah Oval and keep their finals hopes alive.

Pointscore: Hamilton 70, Wanderers 64, Southern Beaches 53, Maitland 45, Merewether 38, Lake Macquarie 38, Waratahs 35, Nelson Bay 28, University 23, Singleton 1

Premier 1: Lake Macquarie 37 (J Osasa, K Viliamu, D Alo, C Gerrard, K Lam tries; BHolliday 3 con, 3 pen) drew Hamilton Hawks 37 (Seva Rokobaro 2, Steve Sione 3, C Mulhearn 3 con, 2 pen)

Southern Beaches 20 (ADelore 2, JVaka tries; MDelore con,pen) def Wanderers 14 (D Rowney try, L Simmons 3 pen)

Merewether Carlton 52 (C Nash 2, JStrachan 2, TUini, THawes, JStewart, F Price tries; EBacigalupo 6 con) def University of Newcastle 34 (J Cooke 2, D Wells 2, ASerhan 2 tries; F Delli Carpini 2 con)

Maitland 45 (MStafford 2, PBatey 2, T Brooke, CMartin, JO’Toole tries; J Maloney 5 con) def Nelson Bay 15

The Waratahs 52 (C Hicks 2, T Taufaao, I Rokotolu, S Olive, S Bailey, C Manu, O Vosuqa tries; D Sherratt 5, J Ford con) def Singleton 22 (B Mason, NBrennan, RMason, DJordan tries; con HMeihana)

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