Dan Carter leaves NZ Rugby at end of 2015 season

Daniel Carter, world rugby’s leading points scorer and one of the greatest players to ever don the All Blacks jersey, is to leave New Zealand rugby at the end of the 2015 season.

The All Blacks and Crusaders first five-eighth has announced he has signed a three-year deal with French Top 14 club Racing Metro. It will be Carter’s second stint in France after he played five games for Perpignan in 2008-2009 during his sabbatical from New Zealand rugby.

32-year-old Carter said it was exciting to confirm his future post 2015.

“It’s going to be an awesome adventure for me and my family. Having visited France many times, including my time with Perpignan, I know what the French culture and their rugby culture is like and it’s something I really love.

“Having said that, it’s the immediate future that is exciting me at the moment. 2015 is going to be a big year and I’m looking forward to getting into it, firstly with the Crusaders and then hopefully with the All Blacks. My body is feeling really good, I’m training really hard and getting some good conditioning in so I can hit the ground running next year. I’m looking forward to getting out and playing some good footy.”

New Zealand Rugby Chief Executive Steve Tew said while everyone was looking forward to seeing Carter in action in 2015, today’s announcement was an opportunity to celebrate everything he had already achieved in New Zealand rugby.

“I am sure all New Zealand rugby fans will celebrate Dan’s remaining time in New Zealand and he will leave with New Zealand rugby’s very best wishes.

“Dan has been incredibly loyal to New Zealand Rugby over the years and for that we thank him. Whilst everyone is aware of his outstanding achievements on the rugby field, it’s also important to note that during his career he recommitted to New Zealand at two critical junctures in our rugby history – after the 2007 Rugby World Cup and again following the 2011 tournament.

“That decision by Dan and other senior players to re-sign with New Zealand Rugby after 2007 should not be underestimated; he was a key part of a group of players who formed the backbone of the All Blacks over the following years, which ultimately helped the All Blacks to victory at Rugby World Cup 2011. For that we will be eternally grateful to him. We look forward to having him in New Zealand for one final season.”

All Blacks Head Coach Steve Hansen said: “On behalf of the All Blacks, I want to congratulate Dan on his decision and also on his career to date. He is still in the midst of a wonderful career, both as a provincial and Super Rugby player and an All Black, and will leave us as the greatest first five-eighth ever.

“Whilst he hasn’t finished yet in New Zealand, he has already set the benchmark for first five play, and we look forward to seeing him out on the paddock in 2015.”

Crusaders Head Coach Todd Blackadder added: “Dan Carter has given so much to rugby in this region. He is one of the most famous rugby players in the world, but he is still a local lad who has never forgotten his roots. ‘DC’ is the ultimate team player and his contribution is as significant off the field as it is on the field.

“The Crusaders will be very sad to see a player of DC’s calibre go, but we are thankful for all that he has given us over the last 11 years and we are looking forward to a final season with him in 2015. I know that this will be a special season for Dan and we’ll certainly be hoping to help him leave on a high note.”

Daniel Carter – biography

From the small rural Canterbury town of Southbridge, 32-year-old Daniel Carter has grown into an icon of world rugby since making his provincial debut for Canterbury in 2002 and his Super Rugby and All Blacks debut the following year. World rugby’s foremost first five-eighth and two-time World Rugby Player of the Year, he holds numerous All Blacks and international rugby records. He is one of five All Blacks centurions and the leading points scorer in world rugby, scoring a staggering 1457 points (29 tries, 260 conversions, 258 penalties, six dropped goals) in his 102 Tests to date, for an average of 14 points per Test. He is also the leading points scorer in Investec Super Rugby and a Super centurion, amassing 1581 points (33 tries, 264 conversions, 285 penalties, 11 dropped goals) in his 11 seasons to date. Carter was named New Zealand Player of the Year in 2004, won the New Zealand and World titles in 2005 and was again World Player in 2012. He was also a World Player nominee in 2006 and 2008.

Steve Hansen has been reappointed until the end of the 2017 season

All Blacks Head Coach Steve Hansen has been reappointed until the end of the 2017 season, New Zealand Rugby (NZR) confirmed today.

The contract extension, announced by NZR Chief Executive Steve Tew at a media conference in Wellington, will see Hansen coach the All Blacks beyond next year’s Rugby World Cup into the 2017 season when the British and Irish Lions tour New Zealand, in what will be a major event for the country.

“We think this is fantastic news for the All Blacks and New Zealand Rugby and Steve is the right man for the job, having won the World Rugby and Steinlager Coach of the Year awards for the past three years and 38 of his 42 Test matches in charge. On behalf of all New Zealand rugby, I would like to congratulate him on his reappointment.

“Steve is the first All Blacks coach to be given a contract extension beyond a Rugby World Cup which demonstrates just how much faith the Board and our wider organisation, together with the All Blacks players and management, have in him.

“He has huge experience and under his guidance the All Blacks have reached remarkable heights. To have him re-sign as Head Coach through to 2017 gives the All Blacks the continuity they will need as they make the transition into 2016 and beyond, following next year’s Rugby World Cup.”

All Blacks Head Coach Steve Hansen said: “I am honoured by the faith and confidence the Board has shown in me by offering an extension to my contract.

“It’s a privilege to be part of the All Blacks and not something you could ever take for granted. After getting the support of my family and various team personnel to continue, I asked myself if I still had the hunger and desire to continue in the role, which I do, so the decision to continue became a no-brainer, because there is no better job in world rugby.

“Whilst I am well aware that there is a lot of work to do, I am really looking forward to the future, starting with 2015 and the opportunity and challenge that awaits us at the Rugby World Cup. 2016 will bring its own challenges with a number of senior players likely to be moving on and then 2017, when the British and Irish Lions tour, which will be massive.

“Finally, I would like to thank my wife Tash and family for their ongoing love and support. Without that, I wouldn’t be able to do the job.”

Steve Hansen biography

55-year-old Steve Hansen CNZM was born in Mosgiel and has been coaching for two decades at club, provincial, Super Rugby and international level. He was appointed Head Coach of the All Blacks following the All Blacks’ famous Rugby World Cup 2011 victory after serving as Assistant Coach for eight years. The All Blacks have fashioned an enviable record under Hansen with 38 wins, just two losses and two draws for a winning record of 90 percent. The record includes the historic unbeaten season of 2013, victories in the Steinlager Series and Investec Rugby Championship each year, and the retention of the Bledisloe Cup. Hansen has been named World Rugby Coach of the Year in the last three years, with the team also getting the ‘three-peat’ as World Rugby Team of the Year. Prior to joining the All Blacks, Hansen coached Wales for two years, was Assistant Coach of the Crusaders during their title–winning seasons in 1999 – 2001 and won titles with Canterbury in 2001 and 1997.

HEART 104.9FM TOP 30 – 13 December 2014

HEART 104.9FM TOP 30 – 13 December 2014
1 Basement Jaxx Never Say Never NC 1 1 (2) 14 Last Week’s #1
2 Tresor feat. AKA Mount Everest NC 2 2 14
3 Sam Smith I’m Not The Only One NC 3 1 (2) 7
4 Ella Henderson Rockets Up 3 7 4 6
5 Nicole Scherzinger On The Rocks Up 8 13 5 9
6 Mark Ronson feat. Bruno Mars Uptown Funk Up 11 17 6 3 Highest Climber
7 Tucan Tucan Sondela Down 3 4 4 11
8 Meghan Trainor Lips Are Movin’ Down 3 5 5 6
9 Bo Seretsane Rise Down 3 6 4 19
10 Chris Brown Time For Love Down 2 8 8 5
11 Goapele Hey Boy Down 1 10 6 9
12 Nico & Vinz When The Day Comes Down 1 11 11 7
13 Beatenberg Rafael Down 1 12 1 (2) 21
14 Sam Smith Restart Up 4 18 14 3
15 Pitbull feat. Ne-Yo Time Of Our Lives New - 15 1
16 Mario Ogle How I Got My Groove Back Down 2 14 3 21
17 Ralf Gum feat. Portia Monique Free (Is All I Wanna Be) Down 2 15 11 15
18 Mi Casa Your Body Down 2 16 16 5 SA Top 10 #1
19 Olly Murs Wrapped Up Up 3 22 19 2
20 Clean Bandit feat. Jess Glynne Real Love New - 20 1
21 Pitbull feat. John Ryan Fireball Down 2 19 2 10
22 Meghan Trainor All About That Bass Down 13 9 1 (5) 15 Biggest Faller
23 Chris Brown Add Me In New - 23 1
24 Chad Saaiman Loving You Is Easy Down 4 20 12 14
25 Fuse ODG feat. Angel T.I.N.A Up 1 26 25 2
26 Alicia Keys We Are Here Down 5 21 11 10
27 Mr Probz Waves (Robin Schulz Remix) Down 4 23 7 16
28 Jennifer Hudson Dangerous Down 3 25 10 13
29 Ella Henderson Ghost Down 2 27 8 16
30 Usher feat. Nicki Minaj She Came To Give It To You Down 1 29 1 (3) 22 Longest Running Song

Great 2014 Volvo Ocean race pic of Cape Town

The boats have nearly finished leg two .They should arrive on 13th Dec

Go and follow the race at http://www.volvooceanrace.com/en/home.html

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JP Duminy Pres of SA Cricketers’ Association will be on Heart 104.9fm on Sat 8-9am

Proteas cricketer, JP Duminy, was elected President of the South African Cricketers’ Association (SACA) at SACA’s annual general meeting of players in Johannesburg on Tuesday. The President and members of SACA’s Players Executive Committee were elected by a vote of South Africa’s professional cricketers comprising the Proteas team (men and women), the six Franchise teams and the 13 Semi-Professional Provincial teams. The other three players elected on the Executive Committee are Farhaan Behardien (Proteas and The Unlimited Titans), Omphile Ramela (Cape Cobras) and Stephen Cook (Highveld Lions).

“I’m honoured that my fellow professional cricketers have shown their confidence in me. Our players’ association, SACA, plays an important role in South African cricket and I am glad to be asked by the players to be part of its leadership,” said Duminy. SACA CEO Tony Irish said, “Congratulations to JP, Farhaan, Omphile and Stephen on their election by the players. We have 230 members of SACA and they have chosen these players to represent them over the next year. There is a lot of experience in this leadership group and as SACA’s Chief Executive I’m looking forward to working with them. We had a pretty good turn-out at the AGM and I would like to thank the players who took time off in the middle of the season to fly in to Johannesburg from all over the country to attend and participate. We are also delighted that Proteas women’s captain, Mignon Du Preez, was there as the Proteas women’s team have recently become members of the players’ association. The meeting was not just about electing leaders but also about SACA’s management team reporting back to players on the work we’ve been doing over the last year and about getting player feedback on our plans for the coming year.”

Can Skylark to launch her sophomore EP – Overdrive in Jan 2015

The full list of 2015 Grammy nominees right here.

Best New Artist

Iggy Azalea
Brandy Clark
Sam Smith

Record of the Year

“Fancy,” Iggy Azalea ft. Charli XCX
“Chandelier,” Sia
“Stay With Me (Darkchild Version),” Sam Smith
“Shake It Off,” Taylor Swift
“All About That Bass,” Meghan Trainor

Song of the Year

“Chandelier,” Sia
“All About That Bass,” Meghan Trainor
“Shake It Off,” Taylor Swift
“Stay With Me (Darkchild Version),” Sam Smith
“Take Me to Church,” Hozier

Best Rap Album

The New Classic, Iggy Azalea
Because the Internet, Childish Gambino
Nobody’s Smiling, Common
The Marshall Mathers LP2, Eminem
Oxymoron, ScHoolboy Q
Blacc Hollywood, Wiz Khalifa

Best Pop Duo/Group Performance

“Fancy,” Iggy Azalea ft. Charli XCX
“A Sky Full of Stars,” Coldplay
“Say Something,” A Great Big World ft. Christina Aguilera
“Bang Bang,” Ariana Grande, Jessie J & Nicki Minaj
“Dark Horse,” Katy Perry ft. Juicy J

Best Rap Performance

“305,” Childish Gambino
“0 to 100/The Catch Up,” Drake
“Rap God,” Eminem
“i,” Kendrick Lamar
“All I Need Is You,” Lecrae

Best Alternative Music Album

This Is All Yours, alt-J
Reflektor, Arcade Fire
Melophobia, Cage the Elephant
St. Vincent, St. Vincent
Lazaretto, Jack White

Best Rock Album

Ryan Adams, Ryan Adams
Morning Phase, Beck
Turn Blue, The Black Keys
Hypnotic Eye, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers
Songs of Innocence, U2

Best Rock Song

“Ain’t It Fun,” Paramore
“Blue Moon,” Beck
“Fever,” The Black Keys
“Gimme Something Good,” Ryan Adams
“Lazaretto,” Jack White

Best Country Album

Riser, Dierks Bentley
The Outsiders, Eric Church
The Way I’m Livin’, Lee Ann Womack
12 Stories, Brandy Clark
Platinum, Miranda Lambert

Best Rap/Sung Collaboration

“Blak Majik,” Common ft. Jhené Aiko
“The Monster,” Eminem ft. Rihanna
“Tuesday,” I Love Makonnen ft. Drake
“Studio,” ScHoolboy Q ft. BJ The Chicago Kid
“Bound 2,” Kanye West & Charlie Wilson

Best Rap Song

“Anaconda,” Nicki Minaj
“Bound 2,” Kanye West & Charlie Wilson
“i,” Kendrick Lamar
“We Dem Boyz,” Wiz Khalifa
“0 to 100/The Catch Up,” Drake

Best Country Song

“American Kids,” Kenny Chesney
“Automatic,” Miranda Lambert
“Give Me Back My Hometown,” Eric Church
“I’m Not Gonna Miss You,” Glen Campbell
“Meanwhile Back at Mama’s,” Tim McGraw ft. Faith Hill

Best Country Duo/Group Performance

“Gentle On My Mind,” The Band Perry
“Somethin’ Bad,” Miranda Lambert with Carrie Underwood
“Day Drinking,” Little Big Town
“Meanwhile Back At Mama’s,” Tim McGraw ft. Faith Hill
“Raise ‘Em Up,” Keith Urban ft. Eric Church

Best Country Solo Performance

“Give Me Me Back My Hometown,” Eric Church
“Invisible,” Hunter Hayes
“Automatic,” Miranda Lambert
“Something In the Water,” Carrie Underwood
“Cop Car,” Keith Urban

Best Pop Vocal Album

Ghost Stories, Coldplay
Bangerz, Miley Cyrus
My Everything, Ariana Grande
Prism, Katy Perry
x, Ed Sheeran
In the Lonely Hour, Sam Smith

Best Urban Contemporary Album

Sail Out, Jhene Aiko
Beyonce, Beyonce
X, Chris Brown
Mali Is, Mali Music
G I R L, Pharrell Williams

Best Dance/Electronic Album

Syro, Aphex Twin
While (1, Deadmaus
Nabuma Rubberband, Little Dragon
Do It Again, Röyksopp & Robyn
Damage Control, Mat Zo

Best Dance Recording

“Never Say Never,” Basement Jaxx
“Rather Be,” Clean Bandit ft. Jess Glynne
“F for You,” Disclosure ft. Mary J. Blige
“I Got U,” Duke Dumont ft. Jax Jones
“Faded,” Zhu

Best Latin Pop Album

Tangos, Ruben Blades
Elypse, Camila
Raiz, Lila Downs, Niña Pastori & Soledad Pastorutti
Loco de Amor, Juanes
Gracias Por Estar Aqui, Marco Antonio Solis

Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media

American Hustle
Guardians of the Galaxy
Get On Up: The James Brown Story
The Wolf of Wall Street

Best Music Video

“We Exist,” Arcade Fire
“Turn Down for What,” DJ Snake & Lil Jon
“Chandelier,” Sia
“Happy,” Pharrell Williams
“The Golden Age,” Woodkid ft. Max Richter

Best Music Film

Beyoncé & Jay Z: On The Run Tour, Beyoncé & Jay Z
Ghost Stories, Coldplay
20 Feet From Stardom, Darlene Love, Merry Clayton, Lisa Fischer & Judith Hill
Metallica: Through The Never, Metallica
The Truth About Love Tour: Live From Melbourne, Pink

Best Pop Solo Performance

“All of Me,” John Legend
“Chandelier,” Sia
“Stay With Me,” Sam Smith
“Shake It Off,” Taylor Swift
“Happy,” Pharrell Williams

Best Reggae Album

Ziggy Marley, Fly Rasta
Lee “Scratch” Perry, Back on the Controls
Sean Paul, Full Frequency
Shaggy, Out of Many, One Music
Sly & Robbie & Spicy Chocolate, The Reggae Power
Soja, Amid the Noise and the Haste

Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album

Cheek to Cheek, Lady Gaga & Tony Bennett
Sending You a Little Christmas, Johnny Mathis
Nostalgia, Annie Lennox
Partners, Barbra Streisand
Night Songs, Barry Manilow

Best Americana Album

The River & The Thread, Rosanne Cash
Terms of My Surrener, John Hiatt
Bluesamericana, Keb’ Mo’
A Dotted Line, Nickel Creek
Metamodern Sounds in Country Music, Sturgill Simpson

Best Spoken Word Album

Actors Anonymous, James Franco
A Call to Action, Jimmy Carter
Carsick: John Waters Hitchhikes Across America, John Waters
A Fighting Chance, Elizabeth Warren
Diary of a Mad Diva, Joan Rivers
We Will Survive: True Stories of Encouragement, Inspiration and the Power of Song, Gloria Gaynor

Best Gospel Album

Help, Erica Campbell
Amazing, Ricky Dillard & New G
Withholding Nothing: Live, William McDowell
Forever Yours, Smokie Norful
Vintage Worship, Anita Wilson

Best Rock Performance

“Gimme Something Good,” Ryan Adams
“Do I Wanna Know?”, Arctic Monkeys
“Blue Moon,” Beck
“Fever,” The Black Keys
“Lazaretto,” Jack White

Best Metal Performance

“Neon Knights,” Anthrax
“High Road,” Mastodon
“Heartbreaker,” Motörhead
“The Negative One,” Slipknot
“The Last In Line,” Tenacious D

Best R&B Performance

“Drunk In Love,” Beyoncé ft. Jay Z
“New Flame,” Chris Brown ft. Usher & Rick Ross
“It’s Your World,” Jennifer Hudson ft. R. Kelly
“Like This,” Ledisi
“Good Kisser,” Usher

Best R&B Song

“Drunk In Love,” Beyonce ft. Jay Z
“Good Kisser,” Usher
“New Flame,” Chris Brown ft. Usher & Rick Ross
“Options (Wolfjames Version),” Luke James ft. Rick Ross
“The Worst,” Jhené Aiko

Best R&B Album

Islander, Bernhoft
Lift Your Spirit, Aloe Blacc
Love, Marriage & Divorce, Toni Braxton & Babyface
Black Radio 2, Robert Glasper Experiment
Give The People What They Want, Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings

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