Friday 24 November 2017

French giants chase O'Leary

RUGBY: Perpignan and Stade Francais are believed to be battling to secure the signature of Munster scrum-half Tomás O'Leary, who failed to make Ireland's Six Nations squad.

O'Leary, whose Munster contract expires at the end of the season, lost out to Conor Murray for province and country last year and missed out on World Cup selection, having been the regular first-choice scrum-half since 2008.

As reported in November, the 28-year-old was understood to be considering a switch to France and became the subject of concerted Top 14 interest.

Now, French sources indicate 2009 champions, Perpignan, and Michael Cheika's Stade Francais are both looking to sign him.

Robshaw to be England captain

RUGBY: England's players gave Chris Robshaw a round of applause when he was named captain for the start of the Six Nations.

Robshaw, 25, yesterday became one of the most inexperienced men to lead England when he was unveiled as captain for Saturday's Calcutta Cup clash and the following week's trip to Italy.

Meanwhile, England boss Stuart Lancaster has reiterated his no-nonsense approach towards players who step out of line. It follows London Irish back Delon Armitage's arrest after an alleged assault in a Torquay nightclub over the weekend.

Elsom ready to lead Waratahs

RUGBY: Wallabies' flanker Rocky Elsom was appointed captain of Super Rugby side New South Wales Waratahs today.

The 28-year-old had a famously cold relationship with the local media as captain of Australia, and reports suggested that it had contributed to his being replaced by James Horwill on the eve of the Wallabies' departure for the World Cup last year.

Contador must wait

CYCLING: The Court of Arbitration of Sport (CAS) have delayed publishing their ruling on Tour de France champion Alberto Contador's alleged doping.

The Swiss court had been due to make public their verdict on the case this week, but are now set to make the announcement next Monday.

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