LITESPORT 34 Wednesday, 29 July 2009 London Lite Ciprianis knockers ridiculous says boss Inbrief Keothavong in knee nightmare ANNE KEOTHAVONG will undergo a scan after injuring her knee in a collision with a fence during her first-round doubles match at the West Classic in California. The British No1, 25, was forced to retire and, clearly in pain, she was taken to hospital for tests. Keothavong said on her Twitter web page: Busted my knee, got a scan in the morning but think I know already. England plan for a lucky 13 TONY SMITH hopes to have Englands route to success in Rugby Leagues World Cup mapped out well before the 2013 tournament. England flopped in last years World Cup in Australia but an elite performance group has been created with an eye on the future. Smith said: There is a lot to look forward to and work towards. A lot is being done behind the scenes for us to be successful. Thats it! Caps record for Smit SOUTH AFRICAS John Smit will become the most capped captain in Test rugby when he leads his side out against New Zealand in Durban. Smit will skipper his side for the 60th time in the Tri-Nations clash on Saturday, surpassing former England captain Will Carling and Australian George Gregan who share the record of 59. I havent broken any records until I run out of the tunnel, he said. Lorena aims to be back in Mex AFTER 23 wins since the start of 2006 Mexican Lorena Ochoa is clear at the top of the womens golf world rankings. But the 27-year-old goes into the Ricoh British Open at Royal Lytham tomorrow without a victory in her last six starts and is determined to reassert her authority. I havent had great results in the last few tournaments, but that was down to one bad round rather than bad golf, said Ochoa. We Khan do it Younus claims PAKISTAN captain Younus Khan is hoping a change in personnel will help his team bounce back from their disappointing Test series against Sri Lanka when the five-match one-day series gets underway in Dambulla tomorrow. Younus has faced severe criticism for failing to inspire his team in the three-Test series which the Sri Lankans won 2-0. We have gone from hero to zero within the span of a few Tests, he said. RFU chief executive Francis Baron insists that his ambitious plans for the 2015 World Cup will reignite the nations interest in the sport. After Englands victorious campaign Down Under in 2003, and subsequent open top bus parade, rugby fever threatened to sweep the country. Grand statements suggesting the oval ball game was set to overtake football as the national sport were made, but ultimately the oval ball game has slipped down the pecking order, despite healthy attendances for Guinness Premiership games last season. After winning the bid to host the 2015 tournament yesterday, Baron is set to confirm that a number of football stadia, including Wembley, Emirates Stadium and St Marys are to stage matches in an attempt to take the sport to a wider audience. He said: We want to maximise the impact of a World Cup in England for the benefit of rugby in Britain and Ireland. This is a massive day for us. We believe we can do something special with the World Cup and our objective is to make it the best World Cup ever in 2015. It could be a magic decade for sports fans in England and the United Kingdom. We have got the Olympics in 2012, the Rugby League World Cup in 2013, the Commonwealth Games in 2014, we have got the 2015 Rugby World Cup and hopefully the 2018 football World Cup. IRB vice-chairman Bill Beaumont, and former England captain, added: It will be a great showcase for the game because there are some iconic stadia being used by the RFU and I think you will get a real buy-in from everyone in the UK. It will also enable the IRB to grow the game because 95 percent of all the IRBs income comes from Rugby World Cup. It is important we have a successful financial tournament. BY JAMES GOLDMAN Plans: Francis Baron and RFU competitions director Terry Burwell SHAUN EDWARDS today blasted Danny Ciprianis ridiculous critics and pre- dicted the Wasps fly-half will bounce back for club and country this season. Cipriani, hailed as the new Jonny Wilkinsonbarelytwoyearsago,hasbeen axed by England boss Martin Johnson andthe21-year-oldnowfindshimself out of Englands 32-man elite squad. Cipriani, who broke his ankle in May 2008, had the metal plate and screws taken out of the leg at the start of July and is now in full training with Wasps at their base in Spala, Poland. But some say the injury is not the prob- lem, pointing instead to his relationship with television personality Kelly Brook and their celebrity lifestyle. But Wasps head coach Edwards growled: Just because Danny walks out somewhere and has his photo- graph taken, doesnt mean he isnt up at 7.30am the next day training. Its quite ridiculous really and peoples perceptions about someone who they dont even know a r e o f t e n misguided. Danny is a gifted player who I am glad to b e c o a c h i n g becauseheisgoingto have a big season for Wasps. Hehadsomebrilliantgamesattheend of lastseasonandheisaverydetermined young lad who will get back his best form as long he continues to dedicate himself to the game -- which he always does. I know he is fired up for a big season at Wasps and having missed out on the Premiershipplay-off finalin2008because of his broken ankle, he is pretty deter- mined to be involved this year. Cipriani (below, with Edwards) agrees: People make opinions about you when they dont know you. I dont get drunk, yet get labelled a party boy and a celeb- rity. I am not at all. I play rugby, that is my trade. It has made me more cautious, but then you stop living your life and you cannot do that. And he reveals: I have hadchatswithJohnnoand Iknowtheareashewants me to improve on. I have to try and do everything I can to show him I have changed. That, I hope, willcomebyperform- ing well for Wasps. Last season just seemed to pass me by a bit and I dont want that to happen again. 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