Sport in Short: Rugby Union

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KEVIN HOPKINS, 30, who captained Swansea to the Heineken League title last season, is to step down. But the club hope he will stay on as a player and complete 200 first-team appearances.

BATH lost pounds 4,816 last season despite winning the Courage League and Pilkington Cup, compared to a pounds 54,502 profit for the previous financial year.

FRANCE suffered another defeat on their tour of Argentina when they lost 32-30 to provincial side uyo in Mendoza.

ENGLAND STUDENTS (v Taiwan, Naples, today): A Parton (Cambridge Univ); J Sleightholme (Cheshire Coll), L Boyle (Leicester Poly), P Flood (Swansea Univ), S Ravenscroft (London Univ); G Gregory (Sheffield Poly), S Douglas (Newcastle Poly); C Clark (Swansea Univ), T Beddow (St Paul's Coll, Cheltenham), J Mallett (Bath College), A Snow (St Andrews Univ), A Millward (Oxford Univ), C Tarbuck (West London Inst), M Pepper (Leeds Poly, capt), E Peters (Camb Univ). Replacements: A Kerr (Birmingham Univ), K Bracken (Bristol Univ), D Crompton (Exeter Coll), A Fields (Nottingham Univ), P Thresher (Oxford Univ), G Adams (Bath Univ).

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