Sporting Digest: Rugby Union

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FRANCE, looking to the future, have ommitted three of their Five Nations' Championship-winning side from the squad to tour South Africa. Jean- Baptiste Lafond, Didier Camberabero and Philippe Mesnel are missing from the 30-man party for the trip, which starts on 5 June and includes two Tests. Meanwhile, the French federation decides next week whether to go ahead with the eight-match programme, which is in jeopardy because of unrest in South Africa.

FRENCH SQUAD (Tour of South Africa, starting 5 June): Full-backs: J-L Sadourny, O Campan. Three-quarters: P Sella, T Lacroix, H Couffignal, P Bondouy, P Saint-Andre, P Hontas, P Bernat- Salles, D Berty. Half-backs: A Hueber, J Cazalbou, A Penaud, P Montlaur. Forwards: P Benetton, L Cabannes, L Loppy, J-M Lhermet, Mc Cecillon, X Blond, A Benazzi, O Roumat, P Merle, Y Lemeur, L Armary, L Benezech, L Seigne, S Graou, J-F Tordo, J-M Gonzales.

SUPER 10 SERIES (Auckland, NZ): North Harbour 29 Northern Transvaal 14.