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Chris Coyle didn’t make NFL, so can he cut it with the Brumbies?

From NFL to Super Rugby? American Chris Coyle has been invited to train with the ACT Brumbies in May. Photo: Christian Petersen Arizona State University gridiron graduate Chris Coyle will train with the ACT Brumbies in May. Photo: Christian Petersen
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The ACT Brumbies will use an NFL dropout as a “test case”, but manager of the club’s academy program Nick Leah believes American players could become prominent in Super Rugby and the UK in the next decade.

As rugby league star Jarryd Hayne continues to push his way into the NFL, the Brumbies have invited former Houston Texans tight end Chris Coyle to spend three months training and playing in Canberra.

Coyle was a star gridiron graduate from Arizona State University, which set up a partnership with the Brumbies when coach Stephen Larkham visited the United States in September last year.

Coyle, 24, 101kg and 191cm, has publicly stated his ambition to become a professional rugby player after being cut by the Texans when he suffered a shoulder injury midway through last year.

Leah admitted there was “a long road to be travelled yet” and predicted it would take an NFL player two years to physically adapt to the needs of Super Rugby.

But Leah said rugby was the fastest-growing sport in US high schools and more American youngsters now had a background in both football codes.

“He’s not contracted, he’s not going to play Super Rugby, he’s coming down to train with the main squad and work with the academy to try and fast-track his development,” Leah said.

“The reality is, physiologically it’s going to take him two years to adapt. Each play in the NFL lasts a maximum of seven seconds. He’s now got to generate that power over 80 minutes.”

“But rugby is the fastest-growing sport in the US, there’s 15 per cent growth in high schools annually. Guys are coming into college now, having played football and rugby. If things don’t eventuate in the NFL, there’s nothing else for them, so there is the opportunity for those guys who’ve played some rugby to cross back.

“Over the next 10 years, 100 per cent there’ll be more American guys playing [professional rugby] . It will be an opportunity for American players to play not only in Super Rugby but the UK.”

Coyle will spend 13 weeks training with the Brumbies and will also play with Gungahlin Eagles in the ACT competition. He has been playing in the US for the past five months as a back-rower since being cut by the Texans.

“[The ASU coach] told me there was a team in Australia that was interested in training me to become a [professional] rugby player,” Coyle told TheArizona Republic.

“He explained the opportunities, that I could have a good future in rugby overseas. He said a lot of ex-football players could be doing it, but they don’t take the risk and give it a shot. There are so many places you can end up, with a lot of great financial opportunities because the sport is so popular in other areas of the world.

“There’s such a connection between the two sports. And at first, I just used my athleticism. I used the things I knew from football, my route running skills and my ball-carrying skills. But now, there’s so many times when I’ll use a technique from football for leverage in rugby, or something like that.

“The difference is, there’s not a defined play like in football. It flows like soccer. It’s a ton of fun, such an active game, and anybody can get the ball at any moment. And when I’m on defence, it takes me back to my high school days and I get to tackle again.”

“I wouldn’t say the NFL is closed for good. But it seems like my best opportunity is in rugby. And I can’t wait to get to Australia and see how it goes.”

Its official, my summer adventure in Australia begins on May 8th! Lookin forward to playing lots of rugby & exploring the outback #Brumbies- chris coyle (@BIGCsundevil87) February 27, 2015

The Brumbies Academy also has international links with Japan and four players are in Canberra training as part of the development scheme.

The original release of this article first appeared on the website of Wuxi Plastic Surgery Hospital.

Melbourne Uni buys historic pub for ‘student amenity’

Melbourne University wants students to have continued access to food and drink across the extended campus. Photo: Josh Robenstone
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Melbourne University wants students to have continued access to food and drink across the extended campus. Photo: Josh Robenstone

Melbourne University wants students to have continued access to food and drink across the extended campus. Photo: Josh Robenstone

Melbourne University wants students to have continued access to food and drink across the extended campus. Photo: Josh Robenstone

The Prince Alfred Hotel in Carlton, which sold at a public auction in late March for $4.5 million, was bought by Melbourne University.

Melbourne University has an extensive portfolio of properties outside of its main Parkville campus, extending across Carlton into the CBD, and is an active buyer.

It is also developing the former Royal Women’s Hospital site bordered by Swanston, Grattan and Cardigan streets into an “innovation hub” called the Carlton Connect Initiative, which will include a mix of research and education facilities, commercial, retail and student housing.

University director of facilities and sustainability Chris White said there were no plans “at this stage” to redevelop the historic pub.

“We’re keen to ensure there’s a continuity of student amenity in terms of access to retail and food and beverage across the extended campus,” he said.

The pub was sold with vacant possession by agents CBRE and Cropley Commercial.

The university would upgrade parts of the building and lease it to a new publican once the property settled, Mr White said.

“Prince Alfred has been a landmark site adjacent to the university for a long period of time. We’re keen to ensure that that relationship continues.”

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Stephanie Scott murder: Leeton High School students return for the first time

Messages from friends, students and the community to murdered Leeton school teacher Stephanie Scott and her family on the fence in front of Leeton High School where she was last seen on Easter Sunday. Photo: Kate Geraghty Killed: Stephanie Scott Photo: Supplied
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Aaron Leeson-Woolley (right) the fiance of murdered Leeton school teacher Stephanie Scott is comforted by friends. Photo: Kate Geraghty

Messages from friends, students and the community to murdered Leeton school teacher Stephanie Scott and her family on the fence in front of Leeton High School where she was last seen on Easter Sunday. Photo: Kate Geraghty

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Aaron Leeson-Woolley (right) the fiance of murdered Leeton school teacher Stephanie Scott is comforted by friends. Photo: Kate Geraghty

Messages from friends, students and the community to murdered Leeton school teacher Stephanie Scott and her family on the fence in front of Leeton High School where she was last seen on Easter Sunday. Photo: Kate Geraghty

Killed: Stephanie Scott Photo: Supplied

Aaron Leeson-Woolley (right) the fiance of murdered Leeton school teacher Stephanie Scott is comforted by friends. Photo: Kate Geraghty

Messages from friends, students and the community to murdered Leeton school teacher Stephanie Scott and her family on the fence in front of Leeton High School where she was last seen on Easter Sunday. Photo: Kate Geraghty

Killed: Stephanie Scott Photo: Supplied

Aaron Leeson-Woolley (right) the fiance of murdered Leeton school teacher Stephanie Scott is comforted by friends. Photo: Kate Geraghty

Seventeen counsellors have been rostered on at Leeton High School on Tuesday to help students through the most difficult week of their school life.

Teachers and parents urged students to “make Miss Scott proud” as they returned from school holidays to a classroom without their favourite teacher, Stephanie Scott.

The popular drama and English teacher at the central western NSW school was allegedly murdered during the school holidays by school cleaner Vincent Stanford.

Students have shown their courage, bringing plates of food for morning tea on Tuesday and walking arm-in-arm through the school gates still adorned with yellow ribbons and floral tributes.

One mother arrived with a sketch of Ms Scott that her daughter, a year 9 student, made.

One teenage student, Bree, had earlier posted online that Ms Scott was an amazing teacher who was there for her when she had no one else.

“You were the most amazing teacher ever thanks for everything and thanks for being there for me when I had no one,” she said.

The school has promised round-the-clock support for students as parents and staff grapple with the difficult task of guiding children through tragedy.

Seventeen counsellors will stay with students from years 7 to 12 on Tuesday as long as needed. They will “assist teachers with questions and providing relevant information,” the school posted on its Facebook page.

On Wednesday, the school will partially close while most teachers will attend Ms Scott’s funeral, to be held at the Eugowra function centre where she was due to marry Aaron Leeson-Woolley on April 11.

The school said it would be “the most difficult week of school life for both students and teachers”.

Some parents said this month that their children were too devastated to return to school, knowing she wouldn’t be there.

One parent told students to “make Miss Scott proud as she watches over you all”.

“If you see someone struggling show them some compassion and let them know they aren’t alone,” she posted online.

A former student, Cindy, posted online that “Miss Scott will be watching over you all”.

The school urged students to band together this week: “For Steph. For our school. For our town. For each other”.

“Rest assured, if you stumble or fall, you will do so into the safe hands of many who care about you,” the school posted on its Facebook page on Sunday night.

Ms Scott’s sister, Robyn, told students that Ms Scott would want them to be strong.

“Just remember what my beautiful sister Stephanie loved. Teaching all you amazing students and seeing your smiling faces,” she wrote in response to the school’s Facebook post.

“You are the ones who made her want to be the most amazing teacher, friend and person she could be.”

The original release of this article first appeared on the website of Wuxi Plastic Surgery Hospital.

Nutrition Station opens in Civic, Canberra

Manager and co-owner of Nutrition Station Aidan Gordon behind the counter of the Canberra store. Photo: Jil HoganDuring the week we brought you the news that The Fix Cold Pressed Juice has opened the country’s first cold pressed juice vending machine in the Canberra Centre food court below Dendy.
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Now another healthy and convenient food spot has opened up almost directly downstairs, albeit in a far more hidden location.

The fairly self-explanatory Nutrition Station offers a comprehensive menu of smoothies plus protein frozen yoghurt, protein pancakes, acai balls and healthy snacks, which will change seasonally.

The cafe is tucked away inside Fitness First, but is open to the public.

Nutrition Station also stocks snacks from small Canberra company Guilt Free Goodness, who specialise in treats free from dairy, gluten and refined sugar, with locally-sourced ingredients.

The franchise, which has 20 other stores throughout the country, is also the official supplier of YouFoodz pre-packaged meals. The meals are never frozen and keep for up to nine days when refrigerated.

The extensive menu includes options like barbeque chicken scallopini with quinoa and asparagus, grass-fed Thai beef and vermicelli salad, and roasted macadamia barramundi, which are all $9.95 each.

Meals can be ordered ahead of time and picked up in store, or you can just turn up and choose from the meals available.

The store’s manager and co-owner Aidan Gordon says the YouFoodz meals have already been so popular with health-conscious and time-poor locals that they already have to install extra fridges to keep them all.

The original release of this article first appeared on the website of Wuxi Plastic Surgery Hospital.