Rugby Union: US denial on foreign players

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USA RUGBY has denied claims that it is luring leading overseas players for a new league in the United States. America's governing body of rugby union is planning a new professional competition, but the project is in the preliminary stages and is without a starting date.

Jack Clark, general manager of national teams for USA Rugby, said: "It's inconceivable that USA Rugby would push the sport forward in our country at the expense of any other IRB [International Rugby Board] member nation."

The London Broncos Rugby League head coach, Les Kiss, is to play a key role in preparing Henley for the Allied Dunbar Premiership season. Kiss will oversee three weeks of pre-season training at the Second Division newcomers.

The South African Rugby Football Union (SARFU) is set to impose minimum quotas of black players in the Currie Cup next month after losing patience with provincial unions.