International Test Rugby Australia v France Game 2

Tevita Kuridrani gets tackled during the 2nd Rugby Test between the Wallabies Vs France. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake

Tevita Kuridrani gets tackled during the 2nd Rugby Test between the Wallabies Vs France. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake

Michael Hooper gets tackled during the 2nd Rugby Test between the Wallabies Vs France. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake

Michael Hooper gets tackled during the 2nd Rugby Test between the Wallabies Vs France. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake

Yaonn Huget and Scott Higginbotham look at eachother during a scrum during the 2nd Rugby Test between the Wallabies Vs France. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake

Yoann Huget and Scott Higginbotham look at eachother during a scrum during the 2nd Rugby Test between the Wallabies Vs France. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake

Nick Cummins and Yaonn Huget while challenging for the ball during the 2nd Rugby Test between the Wallabies Vs France. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake

Nick Cummins (right) and Yoann Huget (left) both challenge for the ball during the 2nd Rugby Test between the Wallabies Vs France. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake

 

Mathieu Bastareaud of france tackles Tatafu Polota-Nau during the 2nd Rugby Test between the Wallabies Vs France. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake

Mathieu Bastareaud of France tackles Tatafu Polota-Nau during the 2nd Rugby Test between the Wallabies Vs France. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake

Isreal Folau gets tackled during the 2nd Rugby Test between the Wallabies Vs France. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake

Isreal Folau of the Wallabies gets tackled by Mathieu Bastareaud of France during the 2nd Rugby Test between the Wallabies Vs France. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake

 

 

Photo essay : Sunday afternoon Muay Thai

Two fighters pray before the fight starts during a Muay Thai at Chang 7

Two fighters pray before the fight starts during a Muay Thai at Chang 7

Im currently in Bangkok covering the ongoing political situation, yesterday was one of the rare days that i didn’t have anything to cover so i used the chance to document a Muay Thai fight.

I wasn’t too keen on shooting the actual fights rather the atmosphere, the touts & the bookies. Spectators, mainly local men pack themselves into this tiny room, it’s akin to a stock exchange with bookies making hand gestures signalling odds, collecting & handing out cash with the ensuing angry punter demanding he got given incorrect odds. Fighters are blessed and a brutal battle in the ring proceeds. As enthralling as the action is inside the ring it’s equally so on the perimeter.

A Muay Thai fighter or combatant gets talked to by his coach during a Muay Thai or Thai boxing fight at Chang 7

A Muay Thai fighter or combatant gets talked to by his coach during a Muay Thai or Thai boxing fight at Chang 7

A Muay Thai fighter or combatant gets his gloves strapped before a fight by his trainers during a Muay Thai fight at Chang 7

A Muay Thai fighter or combatant gets his gloves strapped before a fight by his trainers during a Muay Thai fight at Chang 7

A Muay Thai fighter about to walk into the ring a fight with his trainers during a Muay Thai fight at Chang 7

A Muay Thai fighter about to walk into the ring with his trainer during a Muay Thai fight at Chang 7

Spectators and Bookies reading the fight list during a Muay Thai fight at Chang 7

Spectators read the fight list while a boookie in the background signals odds for the current match during a Muay Thai fight at Chang 7

View of the ring during a Muay Thai at Chang 7

View of the ring during a Muay Thai at Chang 7

A spectator looks at a piece of paper with the draw card during a Muay Thai fight at Chang 7

A spectator looks at a piece of paper with the draw card with betting odds written on it during a Muay Thai fight at Chang 7

Two Muay thai fighters on the ropes during a Muay Thai fight at Chang 7

Two Muay thai fighters on the ropes during a Muay Thai fight at Chang 7

Spectators celebrate the victory of a fighter during his Muay thai bout at Chang 7

Spectators celebrate the victory of a fighter during his Muay thai bout at Chang 7

A fighter showing some nerves amongst the crowd before his fight during a Muay Thai fight at Chang 7

A fighter showing some nerves amongst the crowd before his fight during a Muay Thai fight at Chang 7

A bookie holds onto a note pad with bets placed during a Muay Thai fight at Chang 7

A bookie holds onto a note pad with bets placed while standing next to a punter holding onto his cash during a Muay Thai fight at Chang 7

Men who have placed bets on the fight count their winnings during a Muay Thai fight at Chang 7

Men who have placed bets on the fight count their winnings during a Muay Thai fight at Chang 7

 

Supporter crew of one of the combatants celebrate as their fighter makes contact his opponent during a Muay Thai  fight at Chang 7

Supporter crew of one of the combatants celebrate as their fighter makes contact his opponent during a Muay Thai fight at Chang 7

A punter exchanges money with a bookie during a Muay Thai fight at Chang 7

A punter exchanges money with a bookie during a Muay Thai fight at Chang 7

 


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Where?
This particular fight took place at the Ch7 tv studio, however don’t think you will be entering a fancy studio cause it isn’t, it’s basically a bare concrete building with some metal stands surrounding the ring.
How to get there?
Take the BTS to Mo Chit, walk on the opposite side of queen Sirikit park walk towards Ratchadaphisek Road & turn right at soi Ruam siri mit. It’s about 150meters down the road. It’s not the easiest place to get to but just ask a local for ‘chang 7’ or ‘shadow box’ and they should put you in the right direction
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How much & when?

Free…yes, Free Muay Thai in Bangkok!!

Every Sunday at 1pm

2014 Super Rugby : Melbourne Rebels VS Hurricanes

09.05.2014.  Melbourne, Australia. The Melbourne Rebels run onto the field before kick off during Super Rugby round 13 match between Melbourne Rebels and Hurricanes from AAMI Park. Photo Asanka Brendon  Ratnayake

09.05.2014. Melbourne, Australia. The Melbourne Rebels run onto the field before kick off during Super Rugby round 13 match between Melbourne Rebels and Hurricanes from AAMI Park. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake

09.05.2014.  Melbourne, Australia.  Jack Lam of the Hurricanes catches the ball in front of Scott Higginbotham of the Rebels in a line out during Super Rugby round 13 match between Melbourne Rebels and Hurricanes from AAMI Park. Photo Asanka Brendon  Ratnayake

09.05.2014. Melbourne, Australia. Jack Lam of the Hurricanes catches the ball in front of Scott Higginbotham of the Rebels in a line out during Super Rugby round 13 match between Melbourne Rebels
and Hurricanes from AAMI Park. Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake

09.05.2014.  Melbourne, Australia.  James Broadhurst of the Hurricanes gets tackled by Mitch Inman and Scott Fuglistaller of the Rebels during Super Rugby round 13 match between Melbourne Rebels and Hurricanes from AAMI Park. . Photo Asanka Brendon  Ratnayake

09.05.2014. Melbourne, Australia. James Broadhurst of the Hurricanes gets tackled by Mitch Inman and Scott Fuglistaller of the Rebels during Super Rugby round 13 match between Melbourne Rebels and Hurricanes from AAMI Park. . Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake

09.05.2014.  Melbourne, Australia.  Tamati Ellison of the Rebels gets tackled during Super Rugby round 13 match between Melbourne Rebels and Hurricanes from AAMI Park. . Photo Asanka Brendon  Ratnayake

09.05.2014. Melbourne, Australia. Tamati Ellison of the Rebels gets tackled during Super Rugby round 13 match between Melbourne Rebels and Hurricanes from AAMI Park. . Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake

09.05.2014.  Melbourne, Australia. Jason Woodward of the Rebels passes the ball while getting tackled by Faifili Levave and Tim Bateman of the Hurricanes during Super Rugby round 13 match between Melbourne Rebels and Hurricanes from AAMI Park. . Photo Asanka Brendon  Ratnayake

09.05.2014. Melbourne, Australia. Jason Woodward of the Rebels passes the ball while getting tackled by Faifili Levave and Tim Bateman of the Hurricanes during Super Rugby round 13 match between Melbourne Rebels and Hurricanes from AAMI Park. . Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake

09.05.2014.  Melbourne, Australia. Bryce Hegarty of the Rebels gets tackled by Blade Thomson of the Hurricanes during Super Rugby round 13 match between Melbourne Rebels and Hurricanes from AAMI Park. . Photo Asanka Brendon  Ratnayake

09.05.2014. Melbourne, Australia. Bryce Hegarty of the Rebels gets tackled by Blade Thomson of the Hurricanes during Super Rugby round 13 match between Melbourne Rebels and Hurricanes from AAMI Park. . Photo Asanka Brendon Ratnayake

On a more humorous note, here is a photo taken by Getty Images Photographer Michael Dodge of Andre Taylor of the Hurricanes slipping and nearly taking me out, thankfully he didn’t, i am quite a big “unit” & he probably would have injured himself.

Throwback Thursday : Farewell Lucas Neill

Socceroos coach Ange Postecoglou announced this week that (former) Socceroos captain Lucas Neill wouldn’t be in the World Cup squad for this years World Cup In Brazil.
It wasn’t really a surprise, Neill has been in questionable form for a while and has struggled to find a respectable club let alone playing time. He was one of the last standing of the ‘golden generation’ and in the opinion of many, Australia’s best football captain. His socceroo career whilst not officially over but inevitably so, Neill’s contribution to Australian football has been immense, it would be a real shame if he didnt get a proper send off in the green & gold.

Below are two photos from one of his last matches during the World Cup Qualifier against Jordan, in which Neill scored in the 85th minute.
The photo below of Neill walking down the tunnel being congratulated by David Gallop is a personal favourite. This win by the Socceroos was a massive relief for the whole of Football Australia, a loss or even a draw would have put the Socceroos in a very precarious position, potentially seeing the Socceroos not qualify at all. The 4-0 win meant the Socceroos were just one win away from Brazil, much to the relief of David Gallop and the F.F.A Bank balance.

Victorious Socceroos captain Lucas Neill walks down the players tunnel about to be congratulated by FFA Chief Executive David Gallop at the conclusion of the FIFA World Cup Qualifying match between Australia Vs Jordan at Docklands stadium, Melbourne, Australia. By Asanka Brendon Ratnayake

Victorious Socceroos captain Lucas Neill walks down the players tunnel about to be congratulated by FFA Chief Executive David Gallop at the conclusion of the FIFA World Cup Qualifying match between Australia Vs Jordan at Docklands stadium, Melbourne, Australia. By Asanka Brendon Ratnayake

Lucas Neill thanks the Melbourne crowd at the conclusion of the FIFA World Cup Qualifying match between Australia Vs Jordan at Docklands stadium, Melbourne, Australia. By Asanka Brendon Ratnayake

Lucas Neill thanks the Melbourne crowd at the conclusion of the FIFA World Cup Qualifying match between Australia Vs Jordan at Docklands stadium, Melbourne, Australia. By Asanka Brendon Ratnayake

 

2014 Super Rugby : Melbourne Rebels VS Sharks

02.05.2014.  Melbourne, Australia. Sean McMahon in action during Super Rugby match between Melbourne Rebels and Sharks from AAMI Park Photo : Asanka Brendon Ratnayake

02.05.2014. Melbourne, Australia. Sean McMahon in action during Super Rugby match between Melbourne Rebels and Sharks from AAMI Park Photo : Asanka Brendon Ratnayake

02.05.2014.  Melbourne, Australia. Scott Higginbotham wins the line out during Super Rugby match between Melbourne Rebels and Sharks from AAMI Park Photo : Asanka Brendon Ratnayake

02.05.2014. Melbourne, Australia. Scott Higginbotham wins the line out during Super Rugby match between Melbourne Rebels and Sharks from AAMI Park Photo : Asanka Brendon Ratnayake

02.05.2014.  Melbourne, Australia. Keegan Daniel of the Sharks gets tackled by Tamati Ellison of the Rebels in action during Super Rugby match between Melbourne Rebels and Sharks from AAMI Park Photo : Asanka Brendon Ratnayake

02.05.2014. Melbourne, Australia. Keegan Daniel of the Sharks gets tackled by Tamati Ellison of the Rebels during the Super Rugby match between Melbourne Rebels and Sharks from AAMI Park Photo : Asanka Brendon Ratnayake

02.05.2014.  Melbourne, Australia. Tamati Ellison of the Rebels gets tackled by Francois Steyn in action during Super Rugby match between Melbourne Rebels and Sharks from AAMI Park Photo : Asanka Brendon Ratnayake

02.05.2014. Melbourne, Australia. Tamati Ellison of the Rebels gets tackled by Francois Steyn during the Super Rugby match between Melbourne Rebels and Sharks from AAMI Park Photo : Asanka Brendon Ratnayake

02.05.2014.  Melbourne, Australia. Jean Deysel and Lwazi Mvovo of the Sharks tackles Tamati Ellison of the Rebels in action during Super Rugby match between Melbourne Rebels and Sharks from AAMI Park Photo : Asanka Brendon Ratnayake

02.05.2014. Melbourne, Australia. Jean Deysel and Lwazi Mvovo of the Sharks tackles Tamati Ellison of the Rebels during the Super Rugby match between Melbourne Rebels and Sharks from AAMI Park Photo : Asanka Brendon Ratnayake

02.05.2014.  Melbourne, Australia. Francois Steyn in action during Super Rugby match between Melbourne Rebels and Sharks from AAMI Park Photo : Asanka Brendon Ratnayake

02.05.2014. Melbourne, Australia. Francois Steyn in action during Super Rugby match between Melbourne Rebels and Sharks from AAMI Park Photo : Asanka Brendon Ratnayake

02.05.2014.  Melbourne, Australia. Male Sau gets tackled during Super Rugby match between Melbourne Rebels and Sharks from AAMI Park Photo : Asanka Brendon Ratnayake

02.05.2014. Melbourne, Australia. Male Sau gets tackled during Super Rugby match between Melbourne Rebels and Sharks from AAMI Park Photo : Asanka Brendon Ratnayake

20 years ago I lost an idol.

20 years ago today many of us lost an ‘idol’. I’ll never forget that night. 
I was 9 years old at the time, Aryton crashed out, i didn’t think much of it at that moment so decided to go to bed not thinking id be waking up to one of the saddest moments in sports history.
Hard to believe this was 20 years ago now, looking back it was one of those ‘where were you when..’ moments. 

The photo below (taken by me at age 8) was from the Adelaide GP in 93, Aryton’s last ever race win. For all the photos i’ve taken, its this one that means a lot.
RIP Aryton Senna.

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#throwbackthursday May day (labour day)

Today is ‘May Day’ also known as Labour day or International Workers’ Day. Celebrated all over the world annually on the 1st of May. Here is a photo taken a few years back during May Day In Sri Lanka.   

Supporters of Mahinda Rajapaksa carrying large placards of the Sri Lankan President during May day rally.”