News in Brief
Latham injury blow for Warriors
Worcester's Chris Latham will miss the rest of the season due to a shoulder injury suffered in the Premiership victory over Gloucester
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- Worcester's former Australia fullback Chris Latham will miss the rest of the season after he suffered a fractured shoulder blade in the 14-10 win over Gloucester at Sixways.
Latham suffered the injury making a try-saving tackle on Luke Narraway and medical reports confirmed that he had suffered more than the initial dislocation. Ruddock explained: "It's not good news, the medical report tells me that Chris has a dislocation and a fracture around the shoulder. His season effectively is over. He will be back next season there is no doubt about that and wish him a speedy recovery."
- Italian Rugby Federation boss Giancarlo Dondi has apologised for his side's latest Six Nations defeat to France that brought the curtain down on another Wooden Spoon campaign but he has backed coach Nick Mallett to continue in his role.
"France are a great team," said Dondi following his country's 50-8 mauling at the hands of Les Bleus. "With this defeat we contributed to making them an even greater team. I apologise to our fans. But Mallett is not under discussion."
Italy conceded a total of 170 points and 21 tries in losing to England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales and France. Moreover, two tries - from Mirco Bergamasco and Sergio Parisse - were all the Azzurri could muster.
- Highlanders chairman Stu McLauchlan says the franchise is likely to need a financial bailout from the New Zealand Rugby Union (NZRU).
Sponsors and franchise partners had plugged the gaps at the Highlanders in the past but "I'm not sure if that's feasible this time," McLaughlan told the Sunday Star-Times, adding he could not discount the NZRU having to help. The Otago Rugby Union manages the Highlanders for a fee on behalf of the NZRU, which owns the franchise, meaning any liabilities fall at the national body's feet.
In related news, unwanted New Zealand Warriors league player Michael Witt could play rugby for Otago. Otago Rugby Union chief executive Richard Reid confirmed that NZRU contracts manager Chris Tindall had contacted him about Witt, one of the stars of the Warriors' run into last year's NRL playoffs, moving south.