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Borthwick could miss summer tour
Injury could mean Steve Borthwick won't be rallying the troops in Australia
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- The knee injury picked up by England captain Steve Borthwick ahead of his side's final Six Nations clash with France could rule him out of contention the summer tour of Australia.
Reports in The Times say the second-row may be out for up to two months with a rare knee condition that will not require surgery, but will need resting. Borthwick has been Martin Johnson's preferred choice as skipper and his loss would be a blow to the under pressure England manager, whose medical staff are believed to have met with medics from Saracens yesterday.
A Saracens source said, "We have known for some time that this would not be a matter of a couple of weeks. He has had difficulty with the knee, soreness, whether running, jumping, training or playing." Lewis Moody took over as captain for the 12-10 defeat in Paris and would be a front-runner to replace the 56-times capped lock. A statement on the Saracens website maintained that Bortwick was undergoing rehab and hoped to be back in action soon.
- The Welsh Rugby Union have confirmed that winger Tom James left the Wales camp early upon learning of the selection of teenager Tom Prydie for their final Six Nations match against Italy.
A WRU spokesperson told The Western Mail, "We can confirm Tom James did not take part in squad activity for the final three days of Wales' Six Nations Championship campaign.
"In conversations following the team announcement for the Italy game, he indicated to national team management that he was anxious his disappointment about non-selection did not have a negative affect on the squad. The matter is being dealt with internally and no further public comment will be made by the Wales management team."
The Blues wing has been warned by Warren Gatland about his conduct in the past, but he chose not to comment on the latest incident and is instead focusing on the Magners League match against Ulster.
- Oregan Hoskins will continue his role as president of the South African Rugby Union (SARU) for another four years after winning re-election. The result was expected after Hoskins' deputy, Mark Alexander, withdrew from the race last week.
- Promising youngster Will Welch has penned a one-year extension to his contract at the Newcastle Falcons after impressing in his debut season.
The 19-year-old flanker has made 16 appearances for the Falcons this season, scoring one try, and he is delighted to commit his future. "This is an ambitious club, and it's where I want to be," Welch said. "I've really enjoyed this season, getting more involved with the first team side of things and being part of a pack with a growing reputation."
- Munster fullback Scott Deasy has been cleared to play by an IRFU discipliary hearing after he was cited against the Scarlets.
The Cork Constitution youngster was found guilty of a foot trip in last week's Magners League match, but the panel decided the offence did not merit a suspension. "Having studied the match footage and heard all available evidence, the disciplinary panel upheld the citing but found that the offence did not warrant a red card and no sanction was imposed on the player and he is free to play," the IRFU statement read.