Rugby Union: Carling still in demand

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THE PUBLICITY surrounding Will Carling's private life does not appear to have had an adverse effect on his testimonial arrangements so far.

Mike Burton, who is promoting a match between the former England captain's team and Fiji at Wembley on 4 December, claimed yesterday that around 2,000 tickets were sold on Thursday and Friday, and that all the contracted players, including Jonah Lomu, Francois Pienaar and David Campese, were standing by their commitment.

"I explained the situation to all of them in advance and there have been no withdrawals. The boys seem to think it's a personal thing and the game will go on as we had hoped," said Burton, a former England and Lions prop.

Cardiff made it four wins out of four in their Anglo-Welsh encounters this season when they got the better of Northampton 30-19 in front of nearly 8,000 spectators at the Arms Park. Leigh Davies, Mike Hall and Rob Howley scored Cardiff's three tries while Alastair Hepher, Don McKinnon and Garry Pagel went over for the visitors. The difference between the sides was in the place kicking with Lee Jarvis supplying 15 points for the home team.

Munster claimed their second successive European Cup win when they saw off visitors Neath 34-10 in their Pool B game at Cork's Musgrave Park. The Ireland forward Mick Galwey collected two of their tries while the other touchdowns came from Mike Lynch, who also landed three penalties, and Alan Quinlan. Leighton Gerrard provided Neath's lone try

Toulouse, fresh from last weekend's 108-14 demolition of Ebbw Vale, beat visitors Ulster 39-3 in Pool C with two of their five tries coming from the France wing Emile Ntamack. Llanelli recorded an impressive 22-10 Pool A victory over Begles at Stradey Park with tries by Rupert Moon and Neil Boobyer and four penalties from Steve Jones.

However, there was less Welsh success in the European Conference. Newport and Aberavon lost at home to Connacht and Roma respectively, but far more catastrophic was Bridgend's 45-43 defeat by Bucharest in Romania - a game which they threw away by conceding 30 points in the final 10 minutes.

Newcastle's Jim Naylor aims to repeat last season's hat-trick of tries in today's Allied Dunbar Premiership One outing at home to London Irish in the hope of impressing the England coach Clive Woodward. Unfortunately for the 24-year-old wing, Woodward will spend this afternoon watching Wasps' home game against West Hartlepool.

Bristol stretched their lead in Premiership Two to two points with a 37-3 home success over previously unbeaten London Welsh, in which their former England full-back Paul Hull scored 22 points. Orrell moved second after thrashing Blackheath 60-3, but Worcester can overhaul them if they beat visitors Leeds today. Wayne Kilford ran in a hat-trick of tries in Coventry's 64-9 home win over Fylde and Doug Trivilla clocked up 19 points during Rotherham's 44-0 thrashing of Rugby.

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