Sporting Digest: Rugby Union

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The Independent Online
The International Rugby Board has appointed Stephen Baines as its chief executive officer. Baines, who became the first chief executive of the English Hockey Association last June, will take up his new post next month.

The South African Rugby Football Union broke binding contracts when it fired former Springbok coach Carel du Plessis and his assistant Gert Smal, a mediation council decided yesterday.

The French international Laurent Cabannes, 34, has quit Harlequins to join their Allied Dunbar Premiership rivals Richmond.