30 May 2013

7am sports heads

6:59 am on 30 May 2013

The new Canterbury Bulldogs chief executive Raelene Castle says she would not have been interested in a job in rugby league unless she felt the code had made significant strides in improving its culture.

Currently chief executive of New Zealand Netball, Castle says rugby league is capable of leading the way in changing community attitudes towards women, but more needs to be done.

The Perth Wildcats, the only team to seriously challenge the New Zealand Breakers in last year's Australian National Basketball League, have lost their highly regarded coach Rob Beveridge who's looking for a coaching job further afield.

Beveridge was left shattered after missing out on the Australian national coaching job last month, which went to his Breakers' rival Andrej Lemanis.

Home players produced another day of promising results at the French Tennis Open.

Sixth seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Gael Monfils led the way with second round victories, raising home hopes of a first men's champion in 30 years.