Sport in Short: Rugby Union

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DEAN RYAN, who withdrew from the England B tour of New Zealand to stay at home for the birth of his first child, was rewarded when his wife gave birth to a son.

ARGENTINA suffered their ninth consecutive Test defeat yesterday beaten 12-27 by France in the first of a two-Test series.

FIRST TEST (Buenos Aires, Arg): Argentina 12 France 27. Argentina: Penalties S Meson 3; Drop goal L Arbizu. France: Tries C Deylaud, S Viars; Penalties Viars 4; Drop goal A Penaud; Conversion Deylaud.