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Sporting Digest: Rugby Union

Liam Botham, West Hartlepool's unsettled England Under-21 centre, has been offered a one-month trial by Cardiff.

Edinburgh Academicals have cited a Glasgow Hawks player following a punching incident during Saturday's match that left their under-21 international, Craig Murray, requiring plastic surgery to repair his disfigured face. Murray, who also had to have 13 stitches inserted above his eye, is now likely to be out of the game for up to eight weeks.

Argentina have named four English-based players in their squad for this month's Latin Cup competition. Bath forwards Federico Mendez and German Llanes, plus the Richmond pair Augustin Pichot and Rolando Martin are selected for matches against France, Italy and Romania between 18-26 October.