News in Brief
Cockerill handed four-week suspension
November 25, 2009
Richard Cockerill has been suspended for a month
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- All Blacks Brad Thorn and Andy Ellis will head home after the Test against France this weekend to spend time with their families, the New Zealand Rugby Union has announced.
Team manager Darren Shand said Ellis' wife was expecting their first baby and Thorn had a large, young family which he wanted to spend time with.
"Family life is obviously very important to the All Blacks players and management and we try and get players home when they need to be with their families. Andy and Brad need to go home and we agreed before the tour that they would leave after the French test," Shand said.
The decision on whether replacement hooker Aled de Malmanche would stay on for the match against the Barbarians in London will be made after the match on Saturday.
- The Blue Bulls have secured the continued services of scrum-half Francois Hougaard on a three-year deal.The youngster is currently in Europe with the Springboks and made his Test debut with a cameo against Italy last weekend.
- Winger Miles Benjamin has signed a new two-year deal with Worcester Warriors.
- Munster lock Mick O'Driscoll will lead Ireland 'A' against the Argentina Jaguars in Tallaght on Friday night. O'Driscoll is joined in the starting line-up by fullback Felix Jones, wings Ian Dowling and Johne Murphy and No.8 John Muldoon.
Ireland 'A': Felix Jones (Munster);
Ian Dowling (Munster),
Fergus McFadden (Leinster),
Keith Matthews (Connacht),
Johne Murphy (Leicester);
Ian Humphreys (Ulster),
Isaac Boss (Ulster); Brett Wilkinson (Connacht),
John Fogarty (Leinster),
Mike Ross (Leinster),
Ryan Caldwell (Ulster),
Mick O'Driscoll (Munster, capt), Donnacha Ryan (Munster), Niall Ronan (Munster), John Muldoon (Connacht)