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Wales v New Zealand: ‘Matavesi asked me to get Sonny Bill’s socks’ – Biggar

Wales fly-half Dan Biggar knows how big a game it is to face New Zealand – even players want All Blacks’ kit items. Biggar tells BBC Sport Wales’ Gareth Rhys Owen that one example is former Ospreys team-mate Josh Matavesi, Newcastle’s Fiji centre, wants him to ask New Zealand’s Sonny Bill Williams for his socks. Biggar and his Wales team-mates host New Zealand in Cardiff on Saturday, 25 November hoping for a first win against them since 1953. Source link

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Scotland v Australia: Grant Gilchrist ready to reignite Test career

Gilchrist impressed as he won his 17th cap, as a replacement against New Zealand Autumn internationals: Scotland v Australia Date: Saturday, 25 November Venue: Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh Kick-off: 14:30 GMT Coverage: Live on BBC One Scotland, BBC Radio Scotland and BBC Sport website Scotland lock Grant Gilchrist intends to reignite his injury-interrupted Test career against Australia on Saturday. The Edinburgh second-row, 27, has played in only 16 of Scotland’s 52 Tests since his debut in March 2013. He twice led his country in 2014 and was named captain that autumn,…

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Wales v New Zealand: All Blacks captain Kieran Read ruled out

Kieran Read (L) and Sam Whitelock have won a combined 204 caps for New Zealand Autumn internationals: Wales v New Zealand Venue: Principality Stadium Date: Saturday, 25 November Kick-off: 17:15 GMT Coverage: Live on BBC One Wales & S4C, BBC Radio Wales, BBC Radio Cymru & BBC Sport website and BBC Sport app, plus live text commentary. New Zealand captain Kieran Read will miss Saturday’s game against Wales in Cardiff with a sore back. Lock Sam Whitelock, 29, leads the team for the first time in his 96th international appearance….

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England v Samoa: Dylan Hartley on bench as Sam Simmonds makes first start

Autumn internationals: England v Samoa Venue: Twickenham Date: Saturday, 25 November Kick-off: 15:00 GMT Coverage: Live on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra and online, plus live text commentary on the BBC Sport website Captain Dylan Hartley has been left out of England’s starting XV for the first time under Eddie Jones, for Saturday’s match against Samoa at Twickenham. Hartley drops to the bench as hooker Jamie George get his first start, while flanker Chris Robshaw and fly-half George Ford are named co-captains. Exeter number eight Sam Simmonds also makes…

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England v Samoa: Sharing match fees not a player decision, says Dan Cole

Dan Cole has won 76 England caps on the tight-head Autumn internationals: England v Samoa Date: Saturday, 25 November Venue: Twickenham Kick-off: 15:00 GMT Coverage: Live on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra & BBC Sport website and BBC Sport app, plus live text commentary. Sharing match fees with Samoa is not a decision that should have to be made by England’s players, says prop Dan Cole. A senior England players’ group announced on Wednesday they would not be gifting money to the Samoans before their Test at Twickenham on…

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George North: Wales wing to leave Northampton Saints and return to home country

George North featured for Wales during the Six Nations, but has missed the autumn internationals because of a knee injury Wing George North is to leave Premiership side Northampton Saints and return to Wales on a national dual contract at the end of the season. The 25-year-old has scored 26 tries in 54 league appearances since joining from Pro14 club Scarlets in 2013. North, who has also represented the British and Irish Lions, has 69 Wales caps since making his debut in 2010. Wales head coach Warren Gatland said a…

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Finn Russell: Scottish Rugby’s best offer dwarfed by Racing 92 deal

Finn Russell has racked up 96 points for Scotland since his debut in 2014 Scottish Rugby could not compete with the “superstar money” on offer in France for Finn Russell, says chief executive Mark Dodson. The Glasgow fly-half will join Racing 92 next summer on a deal believed to be worth around £700,000-per-season. “Good luck to him, he’s a super player,” Dodson told BBC Scotland. “There’s no recriminations from us. “He’s been great value. He’s a superstar so let him go and earn superstar money.” Russell, 25, earned his 31st…

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England women 49-12 Canada women: Red Roses seal series win with Test to spare

Rachael Burford crossed twice for England against Canada Old Mutual Wealth Series England 49 (20) Tries: Kerr, Burford (2), Kildunne (2), Waterman, Botterman, Brown Cons: Reed (2), Harrison Pen: Reed Canada 12 (0) Tries: Slevinsky, Hunt Con: Miller England women beat Canada 49-12 at The Stoop to secure a series victory with a Test to spare. After a thumping 79-5 win in the first Test at Allianz Park, England ran in eight tries and stopped the visitors from crossing until the 74th minute. Player of the match Rachael Burford and…

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Mike Phillips: Ex-Wales and British and Irish Lions scrum-half returns for Scarlets

Mike Phillips’ last appearance for Wales was against Ireland in August 2015 Former Wales and British and Irish Lions scrum-half Mike Phillips is set to come out of retirement to play for his former region the Scarlets. The 35-year-old, who won 94 caps for Wales, retired at the end of last season following a spell with Sale. Phillips will play for Scarlets, his first professional side, in matches in South Africa against Southern Kings on Sunday and Cheetahs on 2 December. Injuries and international call-ups mean Scarlets only have one…

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Brad Shields: Wasps sign Hurricanes captain for 2018-19 season

Shields captained the Hurricanes to a 31-31 draw against the British and Irish Lions England’s back row “need to up their game” after Wasps announced the signing of Hurricanes captain Brad Shields, says ex-England centre Jeremy Guscott. New Zealand-born Shields, who qualifies for England through his parents, will join Wasps during next season. The 26-year-old helped Wellington Hurricanes to a Super Rugby title in 2016 and led the side to a draw against the British and Irish Lions in June. “The players will all be wary of him,” said Guscott….

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