Ireland's joy mixed with tears

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Irish rugby is mourning 18-year-old back-row forward John McCall who died last night in Durban, South Africa, after playing against New Zealand in the Under-19 World Cup. He was substituted in the 20th minute of the match and taken to hospital.

Irish rugby is mourning 18-year-old back-row forward John McCall who died last night in Durban, South Africa, after playing against New Zealand in the Under-19 World Cup. He was substituted in the 20th minute of the match and taken to hospital.

Jonny Wilkinson has reportedly visited New Zealand to boost his club's attempt to sign Rupeni Caucaunibuca. The England fly-half arrived in Auckland with director of rugby Rob Andrew to try to persuade the 23-year-old Fijian wing to join Newcastle. Caucau's contract with the NZRFU expires at the end of this year and he is expected to earn five times the £36,000 he currently receives if he moves to the northern hemisphere.

Bath look certain to qualify for next season's Heineken Cup following yesterday's 23-21 victory over London Irish at the Rec. The Zurich Premiership leaders owed their 16th win in 18 league outings to Chris Malone's 83rd-minute drop goal, just after the visitors had taken the lead with a try by Paul Sackey. Irish made a fast start when Nils Mordt went over after three minutes. Barry Everitt convert-ed and also landed three penalties. Bath's other points came via an Alex Crockett try and four penalties and a 60th-minute drop goal from Malone.

Bruce Reihana ran in two tries and created one for Darren Fox as Northampton beat Saracens 24-3 at Franklin's Gardens. Shane Drahm supplied three conversions and a penalty as Saints tightened their grip on a play-off place. Saracens' only score was apenalty by Thomas Castaignède, who later limped off.

Leicester completed a Premiership double over Harlequins with a 23-20 win at The Stoop. Louis Deacon, Henry Tuilagi and Austin Healey crossed for Tigers and the boot of Andy Goode provided eight points. Ben Willis and Mel Deane touched down for Quins with Andy Dunne kicking 10 points.

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