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Scotland v Australia: Grant Gilchrist ready to reignite Test career

Gilchrist impressed as he won his 17th cap, as a replacement against New Zealand Autumn internationals: Scotland v Australia Date: Saturday, 25 November Venue: Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh Kick-off: 14:30 GMT Coverage: Live on BBC One Scotland, BBC Radio Scotland and BBC Sport website Scotland lock Grant Gilchrist intends to reignite his injury-interrupted Test career against Australia on Saturday. The Edinburgh second-row, 27, has played in only 16 of Scotland’s 52 Tests since his debut in March 2013. He twice led his country in 2014 and was named captain that autumn,…

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Wales v New Zealand: All Blacks captain Kieran Read ruled out

Kieran Read (L) and Sam Whitelock have won a combined 204 caps for New Zealand Autumn internationals: Wales v New Zealand Venue: Principality Stadium Date: Saturday, 25 November Kick-off: 17:15 GMT Coverage: Live on BBC One Wales & S4C, BBC Radio Wales, BBC Radio Cymru & BBC Sport website and BBC Sport app, plus live text commentary. New Zealand captain Kieran Read will miss Saturday’s game against Wales in Cardiff with a sore back. Lock Sam Whitelock, 29, leads the team for the first time in his 96th international appearance….

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England v Samoa: Dylan Hartley on bench as Sam Simmonds makes first start

Autumn internationals: England v Samoa Venue: Twickenham Date: Saturday, 25 November Kick-off: 15:00 GMT Coverage: Live on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra and online, plus live text commentary on the BBC Sport website Captain Dylan Hartley has been left out of England’s starting XV for the first time under Eddie Jones, for Saturday’s match against Samoa at Twickenham. More to follow. Line ups England: Mike Brown; Jonny May, Henry Slade, Alex Lozowski, Elliot Daly; George Ford, Danny Care; Ellis Genge, Jamie George, Dan Cole , Joe Launchbury, Charlie Ewels;…

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England v Samoa: Sharing match fees not a player decision, says Dan Cole

Dan Cole has won 76 England caps on the tight-head Autumn internationals: England v Samoa Date: Saturday, 25 November Venue: Twickenham Kick-off: 15:00 GMT Coverage: Live on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra & BBC Sport website and BBC Sport app, plus live text commentary. Sharing match fees with Samoa is not a decision that should have to be made by England’s players, says prop Dan Cole. A senior England players’ group announced on Wednesday they would not be gifting money to the Samoans before their Test at Twickenham on…

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George North: Wales wing to leave Northampton Saints and return to home country

George North featured for Wales during the Six Nations, but has missed the autumn internationals because of a knee injury Wing George North is to leave Premiership side Northampton Saints and return to Wales on a national dual contract at the end of the season. The 25-year-old has scored 26 tries in 54 league appearances since joining from Pro14 club Scarlets in 2013. North, who has also represented the British and Irish Lions, has 69 Wales caps since making his debut in 2010. Wales head coach Warren Gatland said a…

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Finn Russell: Scottish Rugby’s best offer dwarfed by Racing 92 deal

Finn Russell has racked up 96 points for Scotland since his debut in 2014 Scottish Rugby could not compete with the “superstar money” on offer in France for Finn Russell, says chief executive Mark Dodson. The Glasgow fly-half will join Racing 92 next summer on a deal believed to be worth around £700,000-per-season. “Good luck to him, he’s a super player,” Dodson told BBC Scotland. “There’s no recriminations from us. “He’s been great value. He’s a superstar so let him go and earn superstar money.” Russell, 25, earned his 31st…

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England women 49-12 Canada women: Red Roses seal series win with Test to spare

Rachael Burford crossed twice for England against Canada Old Mutual Wealth Series England 49 (20) Tries: Kerr, Burford (2), Kildunne (2), Waterman, Botterman, Brown Cons: Reed (2), Harrison Pen: Reed Canada 12 (0) Tries: Slevinsky, Hunt Con: Miller England women beat Canada 49-12 at The Stoop to secure a series victory with a Test to spare. After a thumping 79-5 win in the first Test at Allianz Park, England ran in eight tries and stopped the visitors from crossing until the 74th minute. Player of the match Rachael Burford and…

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Jared Payne: Ulster boss Les Kiss says recurring headaches still ruling out centre

Les Kiss says Ulster will not hurry Jared Payne back into action Ulster’s director of rugby Les Kiss says it remains unclear when Ireland and Lions centre Jared Payne will be declared fit to return to action. Payne, 32, has not played since his British & Irish Lions tour ended prematurely because of headaches. Kiss told BBC Sport NI that medics have diagnosed that Payne’s ailment is “not concussion-related”. “It’s with the head and the neck and Jared is getting headaches after hard work,” added Kiss. “We have to work…

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Brad Shields: Wasps sign Hurricanes captain for 2018-19 season

Shields captained the Hurricanes to a 31-31 draw against the British and Irish Lions England’s back row “need to up their game” after Wasps announced the signing of Hurricanes captain Brad Shields, says ex-England centre Jeremy Guscott. New Zealand-born Shields, who qualifies for England through his parents, will join Wasps during next season. The 26-year-old helped Wellington Hurricanes to a Super Rugby title in 2016 and led the side to a draw against the British and Irish Lions in June. “The players will all be wary of him,” said Guscott….

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Autumn Tests: Samoa rugby not bankrupt, says World Rugby

Samoa were beaten 44-38 by Scotland at Murrayfield in their first autumn international Autumn internationals: England v Samoa Date: Saturday, 25 November Venue: Twickenham Kick-off: 15:00 GMT Coverage: Live on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra & BBC Sport website and BBC Sport app, plus live text commentary. World Rugby has denied Samoan Rugby Union (SRU) is bankrupt before Saturday’s Test match against England. Samoan rugby was declared bankrupt by prime minister and SRU chairman Tuila’epa Sailele Malielegaoi before the team faced Scotland on 11 November. “Recent statements made by…

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