LITESPORT 48 Friday, 11 September 2009 London Lite Afterallthat Lionaround, Joes ready for hot Bath JOEWORSLEYcantwaitforhis post-Lions return to action for Wasps at Bath tomorrow -- but he knows anything short of a roaring comeback could see him back amongst the also-rans. The England flanker is the first of Wasps Lions contingent to declare his availability to new director of rugby Tony Hanks. Worsley, 32, said: Its been nine weeks since the last Lions Test -- it seems like a lifetime ago. Im looking forward to getting back in the mix. But Ive had some good time off and I cant wait to get back on the pitch. MyfirstLionstourwentwelland I really enjoyed the experience. But now I really have to stay on top of my game -- there are so many great back-row forwards in this country at the moment. Wasps two other 2009 Lions -- lock Simon Shaw and prop Phil Vickery -- are not quite ready to return,withHankssaying:Weare easing Shawsy and Vicks back. We areinanicepositionatthemoment inthatwehaveplayersfitandavail- able so we dont have to rush them back in unnecessarily. But Joe is fit and ready. Wasps began the season last weekend with a 26-15 win over a Harlequins while Bath are looking for their first points of the season after they were dismissed 24-5 by West Country rivals Gloucester. Worsley said: I was a little bit surprisedtheycapitulatedlikethat becausealthoughtheyvelostafew players, theyve still a good squad. But at home, Bath are always a real tough proposition. SARACENS host Northampton in the first Premiership match played at the home of English soc- cer, and it is a venture that could be repeated this season -- with chair- man Nigel Wray saying: Wembley is a very important project. We are giving everyone a fantastic oppor- tunity to have a great day out. HARLEQUINS face champions LeicesterattheTwickenhamStoop knowing they have not beaten the Tigers since May 2003. LONDON IRISH entertain GloucesterattheMadejskiStadium on Sunday with both sides seeking to add to opening victories. Waikato to bring Bok memories SOUTH AFRICA go into tomorrows Tri-Nations decider against New Zealand with one eye on their nations turbulent history. In 1981, the Springboks tour match against Waikato was called off after hundreds of apartheid protesters stormed the field prior to kick-off and could not be moved. Before tomorrows first Test match at the Waikato Stadium, Springbok captain John Smit said: Weve got an opportunity to celebrate how far weve come since 1981 as a country. Theres no better way than using rugby and playing for our country against the All Blacks, who are the greatest foe. Its a wonderfully positive thing to be able to do so and see just how far as a country weve come in such a short period of time. Inbrief Cristiano will be better later Ron REAL MADRID sporting director Jorge Valdano believes Cristiano Ronaldo is somewhat nervous about his 80m price-tag. The former Manchester United playmaker, who had a low-key pre- season, scored from the spot in his sides first league game against Deportivo la Coruna but also missed several chances. Valdano said: He needs a bit of time to adapt, like what happened when Zidane moved here. CSKA Moscow appoint Ramos FORMER Tottenham manager Juande Ramos has been appointed as the new manager of Russian giants CSKA Moscow. The Spaniard, 54, was given the boot by Spurs last season after winning just two points from the opening eight games. He said: Im looking forward to helping CSKA to realise their potential. CSKA face Manchester United in the Champions League next month. Thailand tie up coach Robson BRYAN ROBSON is being lined up to succeed Peter Reid as Thailand coach. Reid officially ended his one-year tenure this week to join Stoke as assistant to Tony Pulis. Thai FA president Worawi Makudi insists he is already well on the way to securing the services of the former Middlesbrough, West Brom and Sheffield United manager. Makudi said: Bryan Robson is interested. Everything should be finalised by next week. Black Cats call off Neill chase SUNDERLAND have dropped their interest in bringing Australia international Lucas Neill to the Stadium of Light. The Wearside outfit are reported to have been put off by the former Blackburn and West Ham defenders wage demands. We did speak to the player about the possibility of coming to Sunderland, said boss Steve Bruce. But as things stand, nothings going to come of it. Klasnic claims JT punched him CROATIA striker Ivan Klasnic claims that England captain John Terry punched him in the kidneys during Wednesdays World Cup qualifier. Klasnic had a double kidney transplant in 2007 and the Croatian has implied that Terry tried to damage him in that area. The on-loan Bolton forward said: He hit me with a fist exactly in the place where Ive been operated on. I was lucky to be wearing a protective belt. Tomorrow, live on Sky Sports Xtra, from 8.30am TonightWorcestervLeedsCarnegie(8pm) TomorrowBathvWASPS(2.15pm), HARLEQUINSvLeicester(3pm),SARACENS vNorthampton(Wembley,2.45pm,SS3) SundayLONDONIRISHvGloucester(3pm), NewcastlevSale(3pm) WEEKEND FIXTURESBY NEAL COLLINS Roar talent: Joe Worsley in action during the Lions final Test triumph over South Africa index.html2.html3.html4.html5.html6.html7.html8.html9.html10.html11.html12.html13.html14.html15.html16.html17.html18.html19.html20.html21.html22.html23.html24.html25.html26.html27.html28.html29.html30.html31.html32.html33.html34.html35.html36.html37.html38.html39.html40.html41.html42.html43.html44.html45.html46.html47.html48.html49.html50.html51.html