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Henson should not tour - Holley
Gavin Henson's continuing recovery should be respected according to Ospreys coach Sean Holley
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- Ospreys coach Sean Holley has spoken of his belief that centre Gavin Henson should not be selected for Wales' North American tour or considered as backup for the British and Irish Lions as he continues his recovery from an ankle ligament injury.
"The Wales tour might come a bit early as he would not have played for six or eight weeks," Henson told BBC Sport. "It could be a risk. Gavin's injury is obviously a difficult one because it's on his foot and his ankle, but he's making progress.
"He's working hard with the medical team. I'm not sure he's going to make it to one of the remaining games, which is disappointing, but I'm sure now we'll look forward to getting him right pre-season."
- Scotland fullback Hugo Southwell has joined the raft of players heading for France, signing a two-year deal with Stade Francais after six years at Magners Leaguie side Edinburgh. Southwell, 28, has 48 caps for Scotland and joins fellow Scotland international Simon Taylor in the French capital.
"Stade Francais are one of Europe's best teams," said Southwell on Stade's official website. "It is a great experience and a great opportunity for me to come to Paris. I am going to discover a new style of play. It is a great challenge in front of me. I have spoken about it with Simon Taylor during the Six Nations and he only said good things about the club to me."
- Bath lock Justin Harrison has been cited for allegedly making contact with the eyes or eye area of Saracens skipper Steve Borthwick during his side's victory at the Rec last weekend. The players were involved in an altercation after the final whistle and Harrison could face a lengthy ban if found guilty by an RFU disciplinary panel on May 5.
- The appeal in to Leicester Tigers wing Alesana Tuilagi's four-week suspension for a late tackle on Bath fullback Nick Abendanon will be heard by an ERC disciplinary panel on Thursday April, 30. Tuilagi's fellow Tigers are set to face Cardiff in the Heineken Cup semi-final at the Millennium Stadium on Sunday.
- Leeds have had their promotion rubber-stamped by the RFU, although England Sevens internationals Tom Biggs and Rob Vickerman are set to leave ahead of their return to the Guinness Premiership. Prolific winger Biggs has been linked with several Premiership sides and also a move to Toulon. The players are joined in leaving the Yorkshire club by back-row Jon Dunbar, prop Adam Hopcroft, fly-half Alberto Di Bernardo, centre James Brooks and youngsters Chris Steel and Andy Boyde.
Leeds director of rugby Andy Key has begun building for next season however, securing the signatures of eight current first team players on new contracts. Skipper Mike MacDonald, No.8 Rhys Oakley, second-row Kearnan Myall and fullback Leigh Hinton have all penned two-year deals while fullback Jon Goodridge, hooker Rob Rawlinson, prop Juan Gomez and winger Lee Blackett have all signed one-year deals.
- Worcester have confirmed that Samoan international Loki Crichton will leave the club at the end of the season and also that academy products Matt Cox and Greg King have both signed new deals to remain at Sixways. England Sevens international Cox has agreed a new two-year deal while centre King has agreed a one-year extension to remain at the Guinness Premiership club.