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Six Nations 2018: Harlequins prop Kyle Sinckler leaves England training camp

Sinckler (left) joins Wasps number eight Nathan Hughes on England’s injury list England have suffered another injury blow before the Six Nations with Harlequins tight-head Kyle Sinckler forced to leave their training camp. The 24-year-old, a late withdrawal from his club’s Champions Cup defeat on Sunday, arrived in Portugal on Monday with a possible hamstring strain. “Kyle will undergo further assessment and treatment with his club this week,” a statement read. Sinckler will be replaced at the training camp by Bath’s Henry Thomas. Eddie Jones’ side, who travel to Italy…

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Police raid French rugby headquarters and president’s home

France president Bernard Laporte oversaw the country’s successful bid to host the 2023 Rugby World Cup last year Police have raided the headquarters of the French Rugby Federation (FFR) amid ongoing investigations into alleged favouritism involving its president Bernard Laporte. Laporte denies allegations he pressured the FFR appeals committee to reduce a sanction against Montpellier. The Top 14 club is owned by Mohed Altrad, with whom 53-year-old Laporte had a previous business relationship. Sources cited by Reuters and AFP say Laporte’s home has also been searched. Police searches took place…

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Scott Lawson: Hooker was always hopeful of Scotland recall

Scott Lawson could win his first cap since 2014 Scott Lawson never gave up hope of an international recall despite a three-year absence from the Scotland team. The Newcastle Falcons hooker, 36, has not played a Test since November 2014, but is in Scotland’s Six Nations squad after a spate of front-row injuries. And he is in no doubt he can still operate at the top level. “I’ve been selected because my performances for Newcastle have been deemed good enough to play international rugby,” Lawson said. “I’m expected to help…

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Gloucester: Ollie Thorley and Freddie Clarke sign new deals with Cherry and Whites

Gloucester winger Ollie Thorley ran in four tries in the 69-12 European Challenge Cup win over Zebre in December Gloucester pair Ollie Thorley and Freddie Clarke have both signed undisclosed-length contracts with the Premiership club. Winger Thorley, 21, is the Cherry and Whites’ leading try scorer this season, having crossed the line nine times. He was the youngest player to play for the club in the professional era when he made his debut at 17 in 2013. Back row forward Clarke, 25, was on a deal taking him to the…

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Six Nations 2018: Munster’s Cronin added to Ireland squad after Kilcoyne injury

Dave Kilcoyne hobbled off in Munster’s European Champions Cup win over Castres Munster prop James Cronin has been added to Ireland’s Six Nations squad after his club-mate Dave Kilcoyne picked up a knee injury. Twenty-nine-year-old Kilcoyne, who has 22 caps, hobbled off in Munster’s European Champions Cup win over Castres on Sunday. Cronin, 27, has made three appearances for Ireland. An IRFU statement said Kilcoyne’s injury was being reviewed by Munster’s medical team. Ireland coach Joe Schmidt last week announced a 36-man squad for the opener against France in Paris…

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Stephen Donald: Injury scuppers Kiwi fly-half’s move to Ulster

Former All-Black fly-half Stephen Donald had been set to join Ulster Ulster’s hopes of securing the services of Stephen Donald until the end of the season have been scuppered after the fly-half sustained an injury. Ulster had agreed a deal to sign the New Zealand World Cup winner to replace Christian Lealiifano who has returned to Australia to play for the Brumbies. Donald was injured while playing for Tokyo-based Toshiba Brave Lupus in the final game of the Japanese season. Ulster say it will be “very difficult to find a…

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European Rugby Champions Cup: Munster 48-3 Castres

Keith Earls scored Munster’s first try in the final pool game against Castres in Limerick European Champions Cup Pool Four Munster (13) 48 Tries: Earls, Marshall, Penalty, Zebo, Wootton, J Cronin Pens: Keatley 2 Cons: Keatley 4, Hanrahan 2 Castres (3) 3 Pen: Kockott Munster secured a home Champions Cup quarter-final against Toulon as an impressive bonus-point victory over Castres meant they topped Pool Four. The hosts pulled clear after a tight opening at Thomond Park, and Keith Earls went over for a try to help Munster to a 13-3…

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European Rugby Champions Cup: Saracens into quarter-finals after Wasps win

Saracens took the final place in the quarter-finals having finished as the third-best second-placed side Defending champions Saracens have progressed to the quarter-finals of this season’s European Champions Cup. The back-to-back title winners thrashed Northampton on Saturday to remain in contention, but their place was only confirmed after Wasps beat Ulster at the Ricoh Arena on Sunday. Mark McCall’s side qualified as the third-best second-place team and face a tough away tie at top seeds Leinster. Saracens are the only English side to have progressed to the knockout stages. Champions…

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European Champions Cup: Munster v Castres delayed after heavy rain

European Rugby Champions Cup Pool Four Venue: Thomond Park, Limerick Date: Sunday, 21 January Kick-off: 16:00 GMT Coverage: Preview, live text commentary and match report on BBC Sport website The Champions Cup game between Munster and Castres at Thomond Park has been put back three hours because of heavy rain and now has a 16:00 GMT start. The decision was made by referee Ben Whitehouse following a pitch inspection at the Limerick venue at 12:00. Munster are top of Pool Four but need to win on Sunday to be assured…

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European Challenge Cup: Lyon 18-21 Cardiff Blues

Lloyd Williams won the first of his 28 Wales caps against Argentina in 2011 European Challenge Cup Lyon (12) 18 Tries: Cretin, Barassi Cons: Beauxis Pens: Beauxis 2 Cardiff Blues (7) 21 Tries: L Williams, Pen Try, T Williams Cons: Evans 2 Challenge Cup Pool winners Cardiff Blues rounded off their group matches with a tense 21-18 win at Lyon and will go to Edinburgh in the quarter-finals. Jarrod Evans set up and converted tries by scrum-halves Lloyd and Tomos Williams, while they were also awarded a penalty try. They…

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