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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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Six Nations 2018: Wales fly-half Dan Biggar to miss first three rounds

Dan Biggar has won 60 caps for Wales Wales fly-half Dan Biggar is set to miss the first three rounds of the Six Nations with a shoulder problem. Biggar, 28, was injured in Ospreys’ weekend defeat at Clermont Auvergne. The Welsh Rugby Union is yet to confirm the extent of the damage, but it is understood Biggar will miss matches with Scotland, England and Ireland. It leaves Wales without their two leading fly-halves, with Rhys Priestland set to miss most of the tournament with a hamstring problem. Head coach Warren…

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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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Ben Foden: Northampton Saints full-back says contract talks ‘difficult’

Ben Foden ran 60m to score a try against Clermont earlier this month Northampton Saints full-back Ben Foden says he may consider his options given a lack of contract talks with the club. The 32-year-old’s current deal expires at the end of the season but with no director of rugby in place, his future remains uncertain. “The longer it goes on the more you become enticed to go and try different things or look elsewhere,” said Foden. “It’s difficult to do at the moment because there’s no-one there to do…

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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 Rugby Champions Cup: Leicester 20-23 Racing 92

George Ford (right) returned to captain Leicester against Racing 92 and kicked 15 of his side’s 20 points European Champions Cup Pool One Leicester (9) 20 Try: O’Connor Cons: Pens: Ford 5 Racing 92 (14) 23 Tries: Chavancy, Machenaud Cons: Machenaud 2 Pens: Machenaud 3 Racing 92 kicked a late penalty to beat Leicester in their final Champions Cup pool match and qualify for the quarter-finals of the competition. The Tigers, bottom of their pool and already eliminated, were outplayed in the first half, but stayed in touch through three…

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European Champions Cup: Munster v Castres Olympique (Sun)

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 Match report to follow… Champions Cup Pool Four Team Played Won Drawn Lost For Against Bonus Pts Points Munster 5 3 1 1 119 84 2 16 Racing 92 5 3 0 2 105 85 3 15 Castres 5 2 1 2 108 113 2 12 Leicester 5 1 0 4 98 148 2 6 Munster: S Zebo; A Conway, C…

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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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European Challenge Cup: Dragons 33-17 Bordeaux-Begles

Bordeaux-Begles scrum-half Jules Gimbert clears to touch European Challenge Cup Dragons (5) 33 Tries: Dee, Hill, Hewitt, Fairbrother, Howard Cons: Henson 2, D Jones 2 Bordeaux-Begles (3) 17 Tries: Fuatai, Gimbert Cons: Volavola, Schoeman Pen: Volavola Dragons claimed second place in Pool 1 of the European Challenge Cup with a bonus-point win over Bordeaux-Begles. But Stade Francais’ 17-10 win over Edinburgh denied the Welsh side a quarter-final spot as one of the best runners-up. Elliot Dee’s try gave Dragons a 5-3 lead at half-time. But Cory Hill, Ashton Hewitt, Lloyd…

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