Sport in Short: Rugby Union

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The Independent Online
THE nine month suspension of the All Blacks prop, Richard Loe, for gouging the eye of the Otago full-back, Greg Cooper, has been reduced to six months by the New Zealand union's appeals council.

LIVERPOOL'S David Matthews has replaced Fred Howard on England's three- man referees' panel for the Five Nations' Championship. Ed Morrison, who takes charge of Scotland's game against Ireland at Murrayfield on 16 January, and Tony Spreadbury are both retained.

DAILY MAIL UNDER-15 TROPHY (Winchester) First round: Beaufort School 12 Whitgift School 6.