Scotland’s Six Nations hopes have been dealt a significant blow after it was confirmed prop WP Nel will miss the entire competition.
England’s Rugby Football Union (RFU) is backing a proposal to increase the residency qualification period to five years from the current three to restrict the number of rugby union players who switch nationalities.
Returning forward Jarryd Roughead will replace Luke Hodge as Hawthorn AFL captain despite his on-going recovery from cancer.
Manly will boast eight new names at next month’s NRL Auckland Nines after coach Trent Barrett elected to rest many of his biggest stars.
Australian batsman Travis Head is a man under pressure – and he wouldn’t want it any other way as he attempts to prove he is the country’s best ODI spin option.
Injury-hit fullback Billy Slater will make his return from a year on the sidelines in Melbourne’s NRL pre-season trial matches.