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Saturday 18 August 2018

Waldrom shock at England call

THOMAS Waldrom was taken by surprise when he turned up for training at Leicester yesterday and discovered he had been called up by England.

The Tigers number eight is en route to his native New Zealand to provide cover for Nick Easter, who is struggling with a back injury and missed Sunday's 41-10 victory over Georgia.

The 28-year-old arrived at Leicester's training base expecting simply to take part in a review session of their one-point Premiership win over Newcastle Falcons.

But Waldrom was instead told by Tigers director of rugby Richard Cockerill to get his things packed because he was heading to Dunedin.

"It was a swell feeling and I had to rush home and tell my wife what was happening," said Waldrom.

"I am going out as cover so it's difficult to know what might happen. We will just have to wait and see."

Waldrom was a member of England's initial 45-man World Cup training squad but he was hampered by a calf injury and was cut before the August warm-up internationals.



Scelzo: Contepomi will be fit for Scotland clash

Argentina prop Martin Scelzo hopes captain and team talisman Felipe Contepomi is fit for the Pumas' vital World Cup Pool B showdown with Scotland on Sunday.

Fly-half Contepomi suffered a rib injury in the opening loss against England, which means the Pumas must beat Scotland in Wellington on Sunday to have any hope of progressing to the quarter-finals.

"He's going to be fine and if not he has to be fine," said Scelzo, emphasising the importance of the former Bristol and Leinster fly-half, who is now at Stade Francais.

Contepomi is expected to play in the clash at Wellington Regional Stadium and his performance will be key for the Pumas.



Waqaniburotu handed three-week suspension



Fiji flanker Dominiko Waqaniburotu has been suspended for three weeks for foul play and will miss his side's remaining World Cup Pool D matches against Samoa and Wales.

Waqaniburotu admitted to a dangerous tip tackle in Fiji's 49-3 loss to South Africa in Wellington last weekend and will be suspended until October 9 -- meaning he will also be absent from the quarter-finals, should Fiji get there.

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