With the evolution of social media, we’ve seen the evolution of parody accounts.
We’ve had ‘Stern Vern Cotter’, ‘Boring Kearney Brothers’, ‘NotGavHenson’ to name a few but the latest phenom is ‘Will Addison Feeds Ducks‘.
The Irish star has been a huge hit since making the move to Ulster this season. His success and enjoyment apparently has not been limited to the pitch but has extended to ponds across Northern Ireland with Will being spotted often with a loaf in hand lobbing bread at hungry ducks.
North Down resident, John Todd got in touch with us to say he recently saw Will in Crawfords Burn with a loaf of Tesco Value Medium Slicked White Bread but the North Down Ducks simply turned their beaks up at the offering.
“It was a nice gesture to be fair to the young chap but everyone knows that North Down Ducks are conscious of their carb intake and will only eat ‘Hovis Seed Sensations Wholemeal’. ”
It does seem that Will has got his act together and sorted his ‘one loaf fits all’ philosophy as he was again spotted at a pond close to Ballymena launching chunks of Veda bread to the local mallards.
As well as his ever-improving knowledge of localised duck taste preferences, Will is trying to ‘spread his wings’ from purely being a
One onlooker said that Will (pictured above wearing jeans & black trainer combo #sneans) was a natural teacher, showing great understanding and knowledge of the pond and feeding techniques as well as making John aware of the dangers involved in duck feeding.
“It was clear to see that Will has a passion for the ducks and desire to see others share that but John just didn’t seem to be as receptive”
Cooney doesn’t seem to be the only Ulster star getting in on the duck action. Jacob Stockdale has also been rumoured to tinker in duck nourishment all be it with an unorthodox approach at feeding time.
Full kit, “Duck dive”.
Stockdale could prove to be a bigger diehard for ducks than Will with the Irish star revealing his new ‘ink’.
Rumours have been rife in the flock that Addison is secretly raging that Stockdale has beaten him to the chase as he has been planning a full ‘back piece’ of a geometric duck for several months. Stockdale seems to have taken advantage of the Italian ‘walk-ins only’ tattoo model whilst in Rome on the weekend and jumped ahead of Addison. Reports have said that Addison had already paid a deposit for his geometric duck but is now having second thoughts after Stockdale’s ink and could face losing his deposit should he cancel.
Addison reportedly has been furious with the Irish Kit man after learning that their off-field ‘Down Jacket’ is in fact, duck down. Allegedly speaking out in a recent team meeting about how he morally and ethicaly cannot wear ‘duck down’ and how he now sees his fellow teammates as ducks after seeing them donning ‘duck down apparel’.
If rumours are to be believed, Joe Schmidt backed Addison saying;
“If Will is uncomfortable, we have got to respect his views and passion. I’ve been told there is a ‘goose down’ option available so we will look to move to that jacket cause yo if we continue to support the wearing of duck down, then Will can’t feed ducks and there will be no ‘ Will Addison feeds Ducks’ Instagram account and I simply couldn’t live with myself if I was part of that demise.”
While it’s (hopefully) pretty obvious that the majority of the above is complete and utter nonsense. One thing that is for certain is that this account is a complete quacker.
So whoever is the Mastermind(s), keep up the great work!
Make sure and give the profile a follow to keep up with everything Will Addison and his Duck Feeding antics.
James Haskell signs with Bellator MMA
Did anyone see this coming??
Leading mixed martial arts promotion Bellator MMA is excited to announce the signing of international rugby star James Haskell to its elite roster of athletes. Haskell will compete in the Bellator heavyweight division and is expected to make his professional MMA debut for the global promotion in 2020.
Haskell announced the end of his stellar 17-year professional rugby career, which saw him achieve major honours for both club and country, in May this year, at the age of 34. Haskell joined English Premiership club Wasps in 2002 and played a huge role in their English Premiership and European Heineken Cup winning seasons in 2007 and 2008. His club career also saw him represent Stade Francais in France, Ricoh Black Rams in Japan, Highlanders in New Zealand and Northampton Saints.
Haskell made his England debut in 2007 and went on to win 77 caps, earning inclusion in England’s 2011 and 2015 Rugby World Cup squads. He played an integral part to England’s return to form under coach Eddie Jones in 2016, which saw the side win their first Six Nations Grand Slam for 13 years, before successfully defending their title the following year.
Alongside achieving his many rugby accolades, Haskell has shown a keen interest in the sport of MMA for a number of years, working as an MMA TV pundit and training alongside British MMA star Michael “Venom” Page at London Shootfighters gym.
Known as one of sports great characters, Haskell is sure to bring his livewire, quick-witted and at times no-nonsense personality to the sport of MMA – along with genuine, knockout power. Standing at 6ft 4in and weighing in during his rugby career at 260lbs, Haskell will compete in Bellator’s heavyweight division which features the likes of current champion Ryan Bader, challenger Cheik Kongo, MMA veteran Josh Barnett and Fedor Emelianenko.
Whilst a date has not been set for his professional MMA debut, Haskell is expected to continue training for the remainder of 2019, with his first fight expected to take place during the first half of 2020.
We’re pretty sure there will no shortage of opponents wanting to line up against him!
Sonny Bill Slammed for ‘Pressure’ Comments
Sonny Bill Williams took aim at the people criticising him last night, but a former Black Cap has fired shots straight back at the All Black
Former Black Cap Mark Richardson has crushed Sonny Bill Williams comments on Twitter in which he took a shot at his critics and the media.
Richardson, now a broadcaster was speaking on Three’s The AM Show discussed Williams comments where he suggested people “get their priorities right” instead of criticising his performances.
“I’d suggest that doing one’s job is the most important priority for a sports journo, so do you deny the right of a sports journo to do their job, Sonny Bill? So they can feed their families Sonny Bill? Just like you get paid to do your job Sonny Bill, which I assume is a priority of yours to care for your family Sonny Bill,” he said.
Williams claimed that people should care about things such as “starving children, the single mother raising 3 kids, the atrocities refugees are facing around the world, racism”. All of which Richardson agreed with but he believes that people can discuss the All Black’s form if they want to.
“Honestly Sonny, yes there are people struggling in the world and yes we care about them. But you are an All Black. Get over yourself and let people in this country talk what they like to talk and that is rugby,” he added.
Fellow host Duncan Garner went on to take a dig at Williams and his views.
“Sonny Bill, he’s precious,” he said.
Williams is currently set to play for Counties Manukau in the Mitre 10 Cup this Saturday along with Nepo Laulala, as Williams tries to prove his fitness to All Blacks head coach Steve Hansen.
The centre has been plagued by injury in recent times and has struggled to find a consistent run of form which has called on people to question his selection for this year’s Rugby World Cup in Japan.
It appears as though Williams frustration at the whispers on the street boiled over yesterday as he took to social media to put critics in their place.
“And for those that say I’m under pressure playing a game that I enjoy. Get your priorities right. Look at what’s going on in the world. Starving children, the single mother raising 3 kids, the atrocities refugees are facing around the world, racism. This is what I call pressure,” he said.
Williams’ comments are likely to only add fuel to the fire and it seems like he will have to perform on the pitch to convince people he is worthy of another World Cup journey.
He will join back up with the All Blacks squad ahead of their second Bledisloe Cup game in Auckland on August 10th and will be hoping to prove his case for selection.
WATCH: Cricket streaker deserves a rugby contract #LegDrive
Yes, it’s not technically rugby… but this #LegDrive belongs on a rugby pitch, not a cricket wicket.
A bold streaker wearing nothing but a green hat ran onto the field during the Cricket World Cup match between England and New Zealand on Wednesday and provided the crowd and viewers with around five minutes of entertainment that had a packed crowd roaring with laughter.
The security didn’t possess the defensive prowess of a Shaun Edwards coached defensive line with the streaker breaking the ‘tackle attempts’ of 5 security guards. The orange vested guard certainly can’t be expecting too many compliments on his contribution.
Thankfully he was stopped for a second time and taken from the pitch. The sport’s governing body, the International Cricket Council, later said he had been arrested.
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