Photo by: IAN HITCHCOCK/GETTY IMAGES (Jason Taumalolo signed a 10-year deal with the Cowboys earlier this year worth a reported $10 million). The Warriors have long been keen to lure Taumalolo back to his homeland.In 2015, they offered him a $2 million contract only for the 24-year-old lock to re-sign with North Queensland for less money, that ultimately paid off for Taumalolo as the Cowboys won their maiden premiership that season.Earlier this year, the Warriors again came calling with another hugely tempting offer which, combined with the chance to be around family, almost had Taumalolo packing his bags.But having developed him into the best forward in the NRL, the Cowboys were desperate to retain the 2016 Dally M Medal co-winner and countered with an unprecedented 10-year deal worth a reported $10 million.Taumalolo admitted that the long-term security was too good to refuse but added that the Cowboys’ culture and his desire to finish his career as a one-club man also played a big part in his decision to turn down the Warriors.”They (Warriors) wanted me to come home,” Taumalolo told Australia’s Courier Mail.”A lot of my family is based in New Zealand and I was born there. At the time it was a tough decision to make.”Obviously money came into play. We all know footy players only play for so long in their careers. Money eventually comes into play.”But when it came down to it, I thought I could be better with my footy and play consistently and I saw where the club was heading over here, I realised I definitely enjoy where I was and how I was playing footy.”I didn’t want to change that.”Born in Auckland and with 10 tests for the Kiwis, the idea of returning to his roots appealed to Taumalolo.But he also classifies Townsville as home, having moved to the city with his parents at age 14 when he first linked up with the Cowboys. Ten years on, Taumalolo now finds himself as one of their most important players, particularly with halfback Johnathan Thurston and prop Matt Scott nursing season-ending injuries.The leading metre-eater in the NRL, Taumalolo has averaged more than 200m per game as the Cowboys have shrugged off those losses to sit in sixth place, well in the hunt for the top four.But in an ominous sign for the Warriors, Taumalolo is hoping to go up another gear for the run home to the finals.”I’ve been a bit dusty after having a week off but the body is ready for the last part of the season,” he told the Courier Mail.”I don’t feel too much pressure; it’s more I’ve got to step up a bit. I’ve got guys around me who help me. It’s great to have guys like that play around me and make my job easier.”The Cowboys host the 11th-placed Warriors in Townsville on Saturday night.
Final yr the new Davis Cup format, whose winner emerges from a remaining spherical performed by 18 groups in Madrid. The qualifying rounds that have been performed at dwelling or away as a customer will solely be seen in the qualifying rounds. For Zverev, the worth of the Davis Cup was misplaced with this format, purpose why the German participant didn’t participate in the premiere final yr. “I don’t suppose it’s the actual Davis Cup,” stated Zverev. With out their primary on the group, Germany misplaced to Nice Britain in the quarterfinals. The competitors was received by the host group, Spain. German tennis star Alexander Zverev He continues to be essential of the new Davis Cup format, however was prepared to participate in it this yr, as he acknowledged in an interview printed in the present day by the sports activities publication “Kicker”.“If we don’t play a match till November and Madrid is the first, I would love to play tennis once more. However now we have to have a look, “Zverev instructed the sporting outlook posed by the coronavirus pandemic, with tournaments suspended till a minimum of mid-July.However Zverev continues to be essential of the new Davis Cup format. “I all the time stated that I like competing for Germany and I look ahead to taking part in all three disciplines at the Olympics. I additionally like to play the ATP Cup and I actually respect the Davis Cup, so long as it is the actual Davis Cup, “stated the 23-year-old tennis participant.