Player opinion will decide fate of Wallaby tour

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As the Australian Rugby League called off the Kangaroos tour to Britain, the debate over whether Australia's union side should embark on their five-week tour of Europe is dominating the Wallabies' training camp.

The Wallabies' coach Eddie Jones said: "Safety was certainly one of the things we discussed at our team meeting. We are in the process of getting all the information we need to have. We are encouraging players to voice their concerns over the next two or three days, and afterwards we'll have a meeting with the senior players. If the tour goes ahead and if certain individuals are not, for some reason, wanting to tour, then we'll deal with that on a case-to-case basis."

The Football Association is discussing the choice of England's World Cup training camp and base, as well as the level of security that should surround the squad. Decisions will be left until after the draw for the finals is made on 1 December, with Australia's Gold Coast the most likely option for training.

Uefa, European football's governing body, has £2.2m available to compensate clubs who lost money as a result of the Champions' League postponements the day after the terror attacks. Fifa, football's world governing body, says it has already discussed new, tighter security arrangements with the Japanese and South Korean authorities for the World Cup. The Japanese security budget was increased yesterday by 25 per cent to about £13m.

Fifa also said it will rule on the format and venue of the Republic of Ireland's qualifying play-off as soon as their opponents, the Asian runners-up, have been confirmed.

Chelsea's manager Claudio Ranieri said that Chelsea were happy to abide by any ruling about where their Uefa Cup tie against Hapoel Tel Aviv should be played next week.

There are no plans to cancel any European Tour golf tournaments, including those in Taiwan and Hong Kong at the end of November which follow the World Cup in Japan.

England will use the opportunity presented by the forthcoming full meeting of the International Cricket Council next week to discuss fears surrounding the tour to India.

The Pakistan Open squash championship, due to be held in Lahore next month, has been postponed until next year.

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