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European Rugby Champions Cup: La Rochelle v Harlequins

Smith (left) has been included as an apprentice player in the England squad to face Italy in the Six Nations opener European Rugby Champions Cup Venue: Stade Marcel DeflandreDate: Sunday, 21 January Kick-off: 15:15 GMT Coverage: Live score updates on the BBC Sport website Harlequins have made four changes for their final Champions Cup pool game against La Rochelle on Sunday, having already been eliminated. England apprentice Marcus Smith starts at fly-half with James Lang moving into the centre in place of Jamie Roberts. Ian Prior and Ross Chisholm come…

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Nathan Earle: Saracens winger to join Harlequins

Nathan Earle has scored five tries in eight Premiership appearances for Saracens this season Harlequins have agreed a deal to sign Saracens winger Nathan Earle at the end of the season. The 23-year-old is yet to make his full international debut, but has been named in England’s squad for their Six Nations opener in Italy on 4 February. “Nathan has a number of weapons at his disposal, the most potent of which is his blistering pace,” Quins director of rugby John Kingston said. “I have been impressed with his desire…

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European Rugby Challenge Cup: Gloucester v Pau

Ross Moriarty will join Welsh Pro14 side Dragons at the end of the season European Challenge Cup Venue: Kingsholm Date: Friday, 19 January Kick-off: 19:45 GMT Coverage: Live commentary on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra, BBC Radio Gloucestershire and on the BBC Sport website Gloucester make 11 changes as they welcome French side Pau to Kingsholm in the European Rugby Challenge Cup on Friday. Jason Woodward, Ross Moriarty, Jeremy Thrush and Henry Purdy are the only players to keep their places from their 45-24 win against Agen last week….

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Seven uncapped players in Irish women’s squad to face Wales

Leinster’s Megan Williams gets a chance to shine after being named in the Ireland squad Ireland women’s coach Adam Griggs has named seven uncapped players in his squad to take on Wales in a Six Nations warm-up in Caerphilly on Sunday. Laura Feeley, Edel McMahon and Aoife McDermott will hope for a debut along with Michelle Claffey, Megan Williams, Susan Vaughan and Annette Thomas. “I’m looking forward to seeing them test themselves at international level,” said Griggs. “It’ll hopefully give me some selection headaches over the coming weeks.” Ireland start…

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Six Nations 2018: England name eight uncapped players in squad for Italy

Mercer previously captained England under-20s and is the son of former New Zealand rugby league international Gary Mercer Bath number eight Zach Mercer is in line to make his England debut in their Six Nations opener against Italy after losing his “apprentice” tag. The 20-year-old is one of eight uncapped players in coach Eddie Jones’ squad for the 4 February game in Rome. First-choice number eight Billy Vunipola is set to miss the entire tournament with a fractured arm, while Nathan Hughes is also missing. “It’s an opportunity for him,”…

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Eddie Jones: England coach’s new deal does not rule Lions role in 2021

‘Can’t be arrogant or presumptuous’ about the England job – Jones England head coach Eddie Jones’ new deal does not rule him out of coaching the British and Irish Lions in South Africa, says RFU boss Steve Brown. The Australian has signed a contract extension to remain at Twickenham until 2021 – when the Lions next tour. But although he will still be committed to England at that point, Brown is open-minded. “We certainly wouldn’t preclude him from doing the Lions,” Brown told BBC Sport. “We are planning for success,…

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Eddie Jones: ‘Can’t be arrogant or presumptuous’ about the England job

England head coach Eddie Jones has signed a two-year contract extension to stay in the role until 2021. The 57-year-old Australian’s previous deal ran until the the end of the Rugby World Cup in Japan next year. Jones has won 22 of his 23 Tests since taking the role in November 2015, and says extending his deal was “not a difficult decision”. READ MORE: England boss Jones extends contract Listen to the BBC’s Rugby Union Weekly podcast. Source link

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Six Nations 2018: England flanker James Haskell to miss Six Nations start

James Haskell has made 75 appearances for England James Haskell will miss England’s opening two Six Nations games after being given a four-week ban for a dangerous tackle. The Wasps flanker, 32, was sent off for a high tackle on Harlequins’ Jamie Roberts during Saturday’s European Champions Cup defeat. Haskell has been suspended until Monday, 12 February. England’s first two games are away to Italy on Sunday, 4 February and at home to Wales six days later. Officials found that the tackle made contact with Roberts’s head. Haskell could have…

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Ireland winger Tommy Bowe announces retirement

Ireland and Ulster winger Tommy Bowe says he will retire from rugby at the end of this season. The 33-year-old won 69 caps for Ireland and played for the British and Irish Lions in 2009 and 2013. Bowe scored a memorable try in March 2009 when Ireland beat Wales in Cardiff to clinch the Grand Slam. Video available to UK users only Bowe relives ‘special’ try against Wales Source link

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London Irish: Brophy-Clews, Fowlie and Hobbs-Awoyemi sign contract extensions

London Irish trio Theo Brophy-Clews, Tom Fowlie and Danny Hobbs-Awoyemi have signed contract extensions. London Irish trio Theo Brophy-Clews, Tom Fowlie and Danny Hobbs-Awoyemi have signed contract extensions at the Premiership club. Fly-half Brophy-Clews, 20, centre Fowlie, 22, and prop Hobbs-Awoyemi, 23, have agreed undisclosed-length deals. Brophy-Clews scored four tries as the Exiles beat Russian side Krasny Yar 47-17 last weekend. London Irish are bottom of the Premiership having won once in the league all season. Source link

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