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Friday 17 August 2018

Williams out to end Welsh days in style Rautenbach is cited for stamp

Shane Williams has declared himself fit and raring to go for his probable swansong year as an international rugby player.

Ospreys star Williams is poised to win his 76th cap when Wales launch their Six Nations campaign against England in Cardiff on Friday week.

Williams looked likely to miss the early part of Wales' Six Nations season when he suffered a dislocated shoulder during their defeat against world champions South Africa in November.

But a brilliant 20-minute cameo for the Ospreys last Saturday, when they beat Heineken Cup opponents Toulon, confirmed Williams' fitness -- three weeks ahead of schedule.

And if, as expected, he does exit the Test arena following this year's World Cup in New Zealand, the 33-year-old intends to go out with all guns blazing.

He said: "I just want to play, and I am glad I had the 20 minutes against Toulon."



Saints confirm stadium move

Northampton Saints have confirmed they will play their Heineken Cup quarter-final against Ulster at stadium:mk.

The Saints had hoped to keep the fixture at their Franklin's Gardens home, but the ground's 13,591 capacity falls below European Rugby Cup's 15,000 threshold for a last-eight tie.

Tournament organisers were unwilling to give special dispensation and, as expected, Northampton have now officially confirmed the move to the MK Dons' football stadium.

Chief executive Allan Robson revealed the Aviva Premiership club had looked at the feasibility of temporarily increasing the capacity of their regular home but, with such a solution not being enough to bring it up to 15,000, the decision was taken to move to the Milton Keynes ground, which holds 21,500.



Rautenbach is cited for stamp

London Irish prop Faan Rautenbach has been cited for allegedly stamping on the head and shoulder of Munster's Ireland international flanker David Wallace.

Rautenbach, 34, was yellow-carded following the incident during the Heineken Cup clash between the teams at Thomond Park last Saturday. But citing commissioner Francois Guers has now made a complaint against Rautenbach, with the case to be heard tomorrow.

Rautenbach could face a ban of anything between a fortnight and a maximum of a year.

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