A man on trial for murder says he cut another man’s throat because he feared his co-accused who had already bashed and repeatedly stabbed the victim would do the same to him.

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Luke James Hutchings told the jury he believed the victim was already dead when he slashed his throat.

Hutchings, 30, was giving evidence on Thursday in the South Australian Supreme Court.

He and Michael Joseph Lindsay, 29, have pleaded not guilty to murdering Andrew Negre, 37, whose dumped body was found in an Adelaide reserve on April 8, 2011 about a week after he died.

The court has heard that after drinking at a hotel, Mr Negre was part of a group that went back to Lindsay’s house.

Hutchings told the jury it all went wrong after Mr Negre offered to pay Lindsay $200 for sex.

Hutchings said he went to another room after seeing Lindsay repeatedly punch Mr Negre and bang his head on the floor.

When he returned, he saw Lindsay grab a knife and repeatedly stab Mr Negre whose trousers were no longer on him.

“I just stood there like everyone else,” he said.

Hutchings said Lindsay then looked up at him while holding the knife.

“I took the knife out of his hand … I cut across Andrew Negre’s throat,” he said.

Asked why, Hutchings replied: “I thought maybe he might want to do it again and come after me”.

He said he was scared of Lindsay and was the only person in the house not related to him.

“I was frightened and thought I had better do something or he could retaliate.”

When Hutchings slit his throat, Mr Negre had not been moving and appeared to be dead.

Hutchings said he helped clean up the scene and move the body into a wheelie bin after Lindsay told him “to get rid of this mess”.

Under cross-examination, Hutchings denied underplaying his own role.

He also denied egging on Lindsay and holding the victim’s legs, so Lindsay could go through his pockets.

The trial is continuing.

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WINSTON-SALEM, United States, Aug 22 AFP – France’s Gael Monfils won an error-filled match over Spaniard Fernando Verdasco 6-7 (8-10) 6-4 6-4 on Thursday to edge into the semi-finals of the ATP Winston-Salem Open.

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The 15th seeded Monfils will Friday face off for a place in the final when he takes on Ukranian tenth seed Alexandr Dolgopolov, who beat Lu Yen-hsun of Taiwan 7-6 (7-2) 6-3.

Monfils and seventh seeded Verdasco seemed to play their third match as if neither wanted to win in the closing stages.

The Frenchman, who is back this week after an ankle injury which forced him to miss the two Masters 1000 events this month, could not take advantage of many of the mistakes by Verdasco, whose unforced error count totalled well over 60 in the contest which lasted just under two and a quarter hours.

He hadn’t played since reaching the Umag claycourt final in July.

“I lost two weeks of training because I sprained my ankle,” Monfils said.

“This week means a lot to me. I was playing well before the ankle and had done well on clay in Europe. I was doing well when I got hurt.

“It’s good to be winning matches to finally get set for the US Open,” added Monfils, who has returned to the top 50 in the world after falling as low as 108th on February 2.

Monfils improved to 3-0 over Verdasco in the match-up between the pair of former top 10 players in the final tune-up event before the US Open, which begins Monday.

Verdasco failed to impress in his first hardcourt quarter-final of the season. Of his five previous 2013 quarter-finals, two came on grass and three on clay.

The Spaniard, who suffered a neck injury earlier in the year, produced 11 aces but had a dozen double-faults in a patchy performance in draining and humid conditions. At times it looked as both were struggling for energy.

Monfils won the second set and came from 3-1 down in the third to finally advance as his seventh ace set up a match point. He clinched it when Verdasco hit a forehand long over the baseline.

Dolgopolov dealt Lu his ninth career quarter-final defeat without a win as he advanced into the last four in one hour, 38 minutes. The Ukranian owns the series 3-0 including a win here last year.

In other quarter-finals, American sixth seed Sam Querrey faced Lithuanian Ricardas Berankis while Austria’s Jurgen Melzer, seeded ninth, took on Russian Dmitry Tursunov.

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He felt sheepish about it later but halfback Aaron Smith says his roar came from the heart as the All Blacks scrum bulldozed the Wallabies’ Bledisloe Cup hopes in Wellington.

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A series of powerful New Zealand scrums early in the second half on Saturday swung momentum away from Australia, whose 27-16 loss saw them fall short in an 11th successive Bledisloe Cup series.

The scrum battle was starkly different from the first Test a week earlier, won 47-29 by New Zealand when both front rows were coming to grips with new engagement laws.

Smith was penalised more than once in Sydney for not putting the ball in straight and the Wallabies more than held their own.

He appreciated South African referee Jaco Peyper giving both teams more leeway in Wellington and it told as the All Blacks snared two tight-heads and won two penalties after halftime.

Smith let out a throaty cry following one of the penalties, which resulted in struggling Wallabies tighthead Ben Alexander being replaced.

“I don’t like to be like that but you’ve got to let them know sometimes,” he said.

“Our forwards all talking and the Aussie scrum dead quiet – it’s a good feeling.

“There’s not a better feeling than seeing our pack walk all over theirs.”

Australian scrum deficiencies were exposed in their series-deciding third Test loss to the British and Irish Lions last month.

Coach Ewen McKenzie, a former prop, vented frustration with Peyper’s rulings, which differed from those of compatriot referee Craig Joubert in Sydney.

“To be honest, I don’t understand what’s going on.

“I used to be able to work it out but now I don’t know what’s a penalty and what isn’t.

“It’s a completely different beast now.”

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Labor’s tougher message on boat arrivals is getting through in Indonesia with people seeking their money back from smugglers, Immigration Minister Tony Burke says.

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He says he’s received reports from Indonesia that there are widespread demands from potential asylum seekers wanting their money back from people smugglers.

Mr Burke says they are realising they would be buying a ticket to Papua New Guinea or Nauru not to Australia.

“When I say the demands for money back are widespread, they are absolutely widespread,” Mr Burke told reporters in Sydney.

“They realise that what they have paid for is no longer available to them.”

“There is no doubt that the message is getting through.”

Mr Burke said the only way to stop people smugglers was to take their product and customers away, and that was starting to happen.

He also said a “very significant number” of people who had been transferred to PNG’s Manus Island were now in talks with internationals organisation of migration organising their transfers back home.

He said that could be done fairly quickly if they still had their identity documents with them.

Mr Burke said whatever capacity is needed to house asylum seekers would be built under the federal government’s asylum seeker resettlement deal with PNG.

He said refugees would be looked after and given resettlement opportunities to get on with their lives.

If they have been found not to be refugees it was probably a fair indication that it was safe for them to go home, he said.

Labor’s policy says people who arrive in Australia by boat without a visa will not be settled in Australia.

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Cancer experts say the rates of melanoma in men and women are decreasing but  the good news end there.

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They say there has been a surge in the rate of deaths from the disease among men despite the improving number of cases.

Chair of the National Skin Cancer Committee Dr Terry Slevin says the problem could be rooted in Australian “blokey culture”.

“A bloke starts putting on some sunscreen with some moisturiser and he gets called a “metrosexual”. It makes no sense”.

He says that culture needs to change.

“In the Australian sun, when we’re the skin cancer champions of the world, unfortunately it’s time that blokes got over this macho stuff and started actually looking after their skin properly because it is genuinely a matter of life and death.”

But it’s not just a problem for men in Australia. In Britain, where there’s been an unusually warm and sunny summer, similar results have been seen.

Professor of Dermatology at St James’s University Hospital in Leeds, says early detection is also a problem British men.

“Melanoma in men is most common on the back and it’s just difficult to see.”

But that doesn’t explain it all. Professor Newton-Bishop says there appears to be some bio-chemical reason why the mortality rate is higher in men.

“Men seem to deal with it less well. There seems to be something different about the way their bodies interact with melanoma”.

The Australian Cancer Council doesn’t have any results that support that theory but agrees it’s time men started taking it more seriously.

The push for a greater awareness of the benefits of early diagnosis of melanoma comes as ahead of the Council’s Daffodil Day fundraiser on Friday August 23rd.

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The win, in the Rugby Championship and loosehead prop Tony Woodcock’s 100th test, ensured the world champions retained the Bledisloe Cup for an 11th successive season.

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It also extended the Wallabies’ winless streak against the All Blacks in New Zealand to 16 games – a run that stretches back to August 11, 2001, when Australia won 23-15 in Dunedin.

“Australia … turned up and threw everything at us,” Hansen told reporters after the clash at Wellington Regional Stadium. “For long periods of the game they won the moments.

“I was very proud of our team with the way they fought back and in the end got on top.

“Probably not our prettiest test match but we will take that, particularly when we win the big prize of the Cup at the end of it.”

The All Blacks had easily won the opening match of the Rugby Championship 47-29 last week in Sydney but entered Saturday’s game with flyhalf Tom Taylor making his test debut after injuries to Daniel Carter, Aaron Cruden and Beauden Barrett.

Apart from a nervous-looking first penalty attempt when Taylor appeared to pull his left shoulder around too soon and dragged the kick past the upright, the 24-year-old hardly put a foot wrong.

His first-up defence when the Wallabies were sending runners down the channels close to the ruck during the first half was sound, while he distributed and kicked well, made several telling runs, and eventually found his goal-kicking range.

One of his missed kicks bounced off two of the posts, while a penalty attempt from inside his own half had the distance but drifted just wide.

Taylor ended with 14 points, and was replaced late in the match after injuring his ribs.

He earned plaudits from his coach as to how well he had settled into the side during the week.

“I thought he coped tremendously well all week. (Assistant coach) Ian (Foster) did a magnificent job with him, nursing him along quietly,” Hansen said.

“He is a confident, mature young player. He kicked well again … he was assured in everything he did and you can’t ask for any more than that for a player making his debut.”

Hansen’s biggest issue now, pending checks on Taylor’s ribs, concerns which of his flyhalves he will play when the All Blacks face Argentina in their next Rugby Championship clash on September 7.

Carter and Barrett, who both had minor calf strains, trained during the week, while Cruden could come into consideration if he recovers from a knee injury.

Hansen, however, said he would not rush anyone back too early and if he has four to choose from it will be a difficult choice as he will “have to drop a couple”.

“Don’t know which ones yet,” he said.

Given what happened on Saturday, it was a headache he could live with.

(Editing by Josh Reich)

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Tensions between supporters of Venezuelan President-elect Nicolas Maduro and opposition leader Henrique Capriles have surfaced in the Venezuelan community in Australia.

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Nicolás Maduro is set to be sworn-in as Venezuela’s President following elections last Sunday.

 

But the event is being overshadowed by the Opposition’s call for a full vote-by-vote recount, and the deaths of several people in post-election violence.

 

Biwa Kwan reports.

 

Protesters chanting: ‘recount, recount’…protesters singing Venezuelan national anthem.

 

From Venezuela to Australia.

 

The results of Venezuela’s election continue to be disputed, with calls for a full vote-by-vote recount being echoed at demonstrations in Sydney and Melbourne.

 

At a protest in Sydney, Carolina Velasquez says there are a number of Venezuelans-Australians who do not recognise Nicolas Maduro as the legitimate President of Venezuela.

 

“We want people to know that there’s a big community that is against what is going on Venezuela. We do not agree with the violent days that we’ve had in the last few days. And we don’t recognise Maduro as a president. We want 100 percent of the recount of the votes back home.”

 

Also at the Sydney protest, Samantha Cerna says there is a need for a full manual recount because of concerns over electoral breaches.

 

“This is important to us because there were several irregularities in the process – human rights violations. There were votes that were not secret. And on top of that, the margin of difference was really close. So we believe we’re entitled to a full recount to a 100 per cent of the votes.”

 

Venezuela’s National Electoral Council says it will electronically audit machines that were not checked immediately after Sunday’s vote.

 

But it rejects the opposition’s claim of irregularities.

 

Alfonz De Gill from the Australia-Venezuela Solidarity Network says he believes Mr Maduro is the rightful winner of the election and no recount is necessary.

 

“This (Maduro) government is a democratic government and has been elected by the people. And as such the institutions decide the election has been a good one and a democratic one – it has to be respected. And we would like the Australian government to support that and congratulate Mr Maduro.”

 

Opposition leader Henrique Capriles has called for a full manual recount.

 

But the Supreme Court says that’s impossible.

 

Opposition spokesman Carlos Oscari says a recount is needed to ease rising political tensions.

 

“What we’re asking for is really simple. We are asking for is for everyone, and we’re confident that more than 80 percent of Venezuelans on either side agree. We will see what happens in the process, we will have a vote-by-vote recount, let’s review it. Whatever the outcome, Venezuelans will be confident over what happened on April 14 and, of course, this eases the political crisis that exists at the moment.”

 

Meanwhile, President-elect Nicolas Maduro has accused accused Mr Caprilles of planning a coup.

 

The authorities say they have detained dozens of people and have placed under investigation a group of military officers suspected of plotting with the Opposition supporters.

 

Mr Maduro says he will be discussing the alleged coup attempt during a visit to Peru for a special session of the Union of South American Nations in Peru.

 

“We’re going to the presidential summit convened by Union of South American Nations to demonstrate again for the capital for action, their political capacity, when faced with the threat of violence and a coup in Venezuela. We will directly inform them of the events that our country has experienced in recent hours, in recent days, as we defeat this coup.”

 

Mr Capriles said in a Twitter message that he too was considering attending the Peru meeting, adding that he had been in conversation with several leaders.

 

Countries including Brazil, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, Bolivia and Argentina have recognised Mr Maduro’s victory, but so far, the United States has not.

 

Bolivian President Evo Morales condemned the US position, saying it had no right to question Mr Maduro’s victory because George W. Bush won the presidency by a similarly narrow margin in 2004.

 

“President Bush won with 50.7 percent of the vote and did anyone ask for a recount of votes? He won by a minimal margin. And now the U.S. government asks for a recount in Venezuela. It’s flagrant meddling and we are not going to allow it. For this reason, all the Latin American presidents are meeting to reject this.”

 

Most of the leaders at the regional summit in Peru will head to Venezuela for the swearing-in ceremony after the meeting.

 

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An “exceptional” run of jackpots last financial year significantly boosted the earnings of Tatts Group’s lotteries business.

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Tatts, which also operates a wagering business and gaming machine monitoring services, says its lotteries business grew revenue by 14 per cent in the 2012/13 financial year, the highlight of a strong trading performance.

“The jackpot run in FY13 (financial year 2012/13) played in our favour, with 39 jackpots at or above $15 million in the year compared with 22 in FY12,” Tatts said on Thursday.

Powerball and Oz Lotto were the standout games for the year.

Powerball was changed during the year to produce more jackpots and increase the number of winners.

Tatts made a net profit of $247.3 million in 2012/13, down 22.5 per cent on the previous year due to the loss of Tatts’ licence to operate poker machines in Victoria in August 2012.

The group has had a positive start to the new financial year, with the first month of trading comfortably ahead of July in 2012.

Lotteries has had an excellent start, but wagering was a little more subdued due to the weather and a run of wins by favourites in the major football codes.

Managing director Robbie Cooke said Tatts was looking to boost online demand for its products in both lotteries and wagering.

“This is seen as one of the more significant marketing opportunities for the group,” he said.

In the 2012/13 financial year, profit from Tatts’ continuing businesses rose 41 per cent to $227.4 million.

Revenue from the wagering division rose five per cent, due to the first full year contribution from the recently acquired Tote Tasmania, and the increasing popularity of fixed odds betting.

Mr Cooke said 2012/13 had been an outstanding year for Tatts, with its continuing operations performing ahead of expectations.

Tatts shares were up four cents at $3.21 at 1522 AEST.

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Rio Ferdinand insists there should be no concerns about Manchester United’s pre-season form even though Sevilla condemned the Premier League champions to a third defeat in seven games.

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United manager David Moyes has endured a difficult opening few weeks in charge, with an indifferent set of results adding to the anxiety caused by Wayne Rooney’s desire to leave Old Trafford and the failure to add new signings.

England striker Rooney, 27, trained with the reserves on Thursday and Friday, undergoing more intensive sessions rather than working with the players that were set to feature in Ferdinand’s testimonial against Sevilla on Friday.

Rooney returned from the pre-season tour of the Far East and Australia after one day with a hamstring injury and missed Tuesday’s 1-1 draw with Swedish side AIK with a shoulder problem.

He was not even at the ground for Ferdinand’s match, which saw Moyes’ side beaten 3-1 in his first match in charge at Old Trafford, making it 13 goals conceded in his first seven games.

United now have just Sunday’s Community Shield against Wigan at Wembley before starting the defence of their Premier League title at Swansea next weekend.

After that they face a difficult run of matches, with Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester City providing the opposition in three of the next four games.

But centre-back Ferdinand, 34, maintains there is no reason to worry despite the underwhelming early results under Moyes, who replaced the retired Alex Ferguson at the end of last season.

“There is a frustration. We want to win every game so to lose is disappointing but it’s lucky there weren’t three points at stake,” he said.

“The Community Shield is a big game and it’s a chance to win silverware so we want to win.

“But the most important game coming up is the Swansea game because we want to retain our league title.”

Sevilla were in Europa League action on Thursday, but just 24 hours later they were the sharper side at Old Trafford, with Diego Perotti cutting the United defence open for Vitolo to open the scoring and Vitolo laying on a goal for on-loan Chelsea midfielder Marko Marin.

Antonio Valencia pulled one back when he finished off a cross to the far post from Adnan Januzaj, but Bryan Labello scored a third for the visitors from a Kevin Gameiro pass.

Although issues such as Rooney’s future continue to dominate, Moyes cannot fail to have been impressed with the form of Belgian youngster Januzaj in pre-season, while Jesse Lingard has also staked a claim for permanent involvement in the first-team squad with a string of good performances.

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A student magazine has brought Australia’s censorship laws into public debate, after its front cover, featuring uncensored photos of 18 students’ vaginas, was deemed a criminal offense.

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To see a censored version of the cover, scroll down (NSFW).

Sydney University’s Honi Soit magazine is named after French motto: Honi soit qui mal y pense or ‘Shame upon he who thinks evil of it’. The phrase has become particularly significant as the magazine editors and Student Representative Council (SRC) debate whether the cover, which was intended to “empower” women about their bodies, should be censored.

Update: all the Honis on campus are being seized by the SRC, guillotining pending because of the transparency of the black bars #vaginasoit

— Honi Soit (@honi_soit) August 21, 2013

The university’s SRC says by displaying “indecent articles”, the Honi Soit’s cover is in breach of section 578 of the Crimes Act; a criminal offence punishable by up to 12 months in prison.

Women’s blog, Mamamia, writes that after being advised by the SRC, the magazine editors decided to publish the cover with opaque black boxes over the most ‘indecent articles’.

But a printing error meant that the boxes came out as transparent, prompting the SRC to cease all 4000 copies.

In a statement on the magazine’s Facebook page, the editors said the purpose of the cover was allow women to see their bodies in a non-sexualised way.

We are tired of vaginas being either artificially sexualised (see: porn) or stigmatised (see: censorship and airbrushing). We are tired of being pressured to be sexual, and then being shamed for being sexual.

The editors go on to say that women are not exposed to “normal” vaginas and are therefore uncomfortable with their own.

“We believe that the fact that more than 1200 Australian women a year get labioplasty is a symptom of a serious problem. How can society both refuse to look at our body part, call it offensive, and then demand it look a certain way?”

The controversy, which has been dubbed #Vaginasoit on Twitter has become a topic of public debate with singer and feminist Amanda Palmer voicing her support of the cover in her blog (photo NSFW).

“Speaking as a vulva-owner with a labia the size of rhode island, i think it’s very nice to see vulvas portrayed in their natural states,” she writes.

“Since porn images generally depict such a skewed view, where else are women going to see reality, if not…on tumblr?”

 

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Losing their tails gave early birds an evolutionary leg-up that helped them compete with their dinosaur cousins, research has shown.

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Birds only developed a versatile, adaptive range of hind limbs after radical shortening of their bony reptilian tails, according to a fossil study.

The change triggered a burst of evolution that enabled birds to adapt to different habitats and lifestyles 155 to 120 million years ago.

Today they still carry the results of that transformation in the form of talons, tall stilts, perching claws and webbed paddles.

Development of such a different array of legs was a bigger driver of bird evolution than powered flight, scientists believe.

“These early birds were not as sophisticated as the birds we know today,” said study leader Dr Roger Benson, from Oxford University’s Department of Earth Sciences.

“If modern birds have evolved to be like stealth bombers then these were more like biplanes.

“Yet what surprised us was that despite some still having primitive traits, such as teeth, these early birds display an incredibly diverse array of versatile legs.”

The team conducted measurements of the legs of ancient birds and their dinosaur relatives to compare their rate of evolution.

Changes occurred faster in the birds, examples of which included Confuciusornis, Eoenantiornis and Hongshanornis.

The findings appear in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B.

“Our work shows that, whilst they may have started off as just another type of dinosaur, birds quickly made a rather special evolutionary breakthrough that gave them abilities and advantages that their dinosaur cousins didn’t have,” said Benson.

“Key to this special ‘birdness’ was losing the long bony dinosaur tail. As soon as this happened it freed up their legs to evolve to become highly versatile and adaptable tools that opened up new ecological niches.”

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The All Blacks will target uncapped five-eighth Matt Toomua in a bid to starve Australia’s hungry backs and ultimately deny the Wallabies first blood in the Bledisloe Cup opener on Saturday night.

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New Wallabies coach Ewen McKenzie has surprisingly thrust Toomua into the playmaking hot seat, leaving Quade Cooper to wait for his chance off the bench, and the All Blacks are making no secret of their intentions to make life as difficult as possible for the Test rookie.

Back for his first Test in almost nine months after a well-earned sabbatical, All Blacks captain Richie McCaw on Friday said the world champions needed to shut down Toomua to cut off Australia’s ball supply to match-winning winger Israel Folau.

“I have been impressed with the way he led the Brumbies around the park,” McCaw said after New Zealand’s brief captain’s run at ANZ Stadium.

“We have to make sure we don’t allow him to do that. It’s up to us to deny him time and good ball and put him under pressure. That’s one of our jobs.

“Test rugby is different, but you look across the skills of those guys and there’s no reason why they can’t do a job if it’s put on a plate for them.”

Wallabies vice-captain Will Genia, who will partner Toomua in the halves, has no doubts the 23-year-old will handle himself in the Bledisloe cauldron.

“He’s a very composed sort of guy,” Genia said.

“He’s been thrown the five-eighth jumper for his first Test against the All Blacks, but he’s taken it in his stride throughout the week and I’ll be expecting nothing less tomorrow.”

Folau has enjoyed a spectacular first season in the code, bagging a tryscoring double on his Test debut against the British and Irish Lions before being crowned Australia’s Super Rugby rookie of the year last week.

McCaw said the dual international must be contained.

“He’s a skilful athlete. He’s a big man. His skills under the high ball and what-not is pretty good but, again, if we don’t give him much time to show those, hopefully we can limit his impact,” McCaw said.

McCaw’s only game time since New Zealand suffered a shock loss to England at Twickenham last November has been an 80-minute club match, two late bench appearances for the Crusaders and half a game against Canterbury in an All Blacks squad hitout last Friday.

Yet the ironman flanker was still preparing to last the full 80 minutes in his 118th Test match.

“I feel mentally in a good shape and I’ve done a lot of training,” he said.

He admitted the All Blacks would miss destructive blindside flanker Liam Messam, a late scratching with a hamstring strain, and said the onus was on him and his replacement Steven Luatua to step up.

“The way he’s played this year, especially with the Chiefs and what he did for us last year, he definitely brings a real physical edge and not having him there, I guess he’s left a bit of a hole,” McCaw said.

The All Blacks arrived an hour and a half late for their captain’s run and only spent 20 minutes getting a feel for the stadium during a light run on match eve.

“We did a few lineouts in a gym nearby,” McCaw said.

“We thought we would do it away from prying eyes.”

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Mark Harvey didn’t want another head coaching job, nor an AFL milestone, but he’s getting both at the Brisbane Lions with the added irony of a showdown with his “wily old fox” of a mentor on Saturday night.

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Harvey has been thrust into a battle of wits with his former Essendon coach Kevin Sheedy at the Gabba on Saturday night after being handed the Lions top post for the rest of the season.

On top of 206 games over 14 years as a player, the triple-premiership winner spent eight seasons as an assistant to Sheedy at the Bombers.

Harvey laughs at the irony of his return to head coaching, two years after his sudden Fremantle exit, but doesn’t expect Sheedy’s Greater Western Sydney catching Brisbane by surprise.

“He’s a wily old fox and I know all his tricks,” Harvey said.

“I hope he’s progressed in his coaching the last couple of years since we departed.

“Otherwise we’ll get a shock (on Saturday).”

Harvey rates Sheedy, retiring at the end of the season, along with Ron Barassi as the best coaching visionary the game has seen.

But he can boast a 1-0 record over the four-time premiership coach, leading the Dockers to a 63-point win over Essendon in just his fourth game in charge in 2007 – Sheedy’s last season at Windy Hill.

After coaching Fremantle for 97 games from 2007 to 2011, the next three rounds will see the reluctant Harvey bring up his century of senior games as a coach.

And that’s where his record will stay after confirming on Friday that he sees himself better suited to the strategy and list management role of a senior assistant coach.

But he’s determined to ensure the improving Lions emphatically respond to the axing of Michael Voss with a strong performance against the underdog Giants and end the year in style.

“That will be interesting and you don’t really know that until tomorrow night,” said Harvey.

“We’ve got to get on with the job now.

“The players have showed a lot of promise this year, and we have to finish it off now.”

Veteran ruckman Dean Brogan will line up for GWS among five changes to the side which was thumped by 113 points to Fremantle last week.

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