Sport Jamie Roberts hurt his ankle while playing for Racing Metro

Influential inside centre has operation on injured ankle and will miss all four November Tests

Wasps give Powell the boot to leave No 8 in World Cup limbo

Andy Powell, the Wasps forward who suffered head wounds during a pub brawl with football supporters last month and has been suspended ever since, parted company with the Londoners last night. A spokesman for the Premiership club trotted out the usual "by mutual consent" line, but it was clear that the Welsh No 8 had been declared surplus to requirements. Powell now finds himself unemployed, less than four months before the World Cup in New Zealand.

Exeter league status safe as they escape with penalty of two points

Exeter, doughty performers throughout their first season at the elite end of the English club game, will be playing Premiership rugby again next season. This should have been a matter of record some time ago – the Devonians have, after all, been winning regularly, which is more than can be said for any of the three northern sides in the top flight – but a mix-up over foreign player registration left them vulnerable to the whims and fancies of Twickenham's disciplinary class. They were duly punished yesterday, but nowhere near heavily enough to threaten their current status.

WRU summon under-fire Gavin Henson for meeting

Confirmation of Gavin Henson's departure from Toulon is expected soon after a day of fevered speculation over the player's future with the club resulted in him being called to attend a meeting by the Welsh Rugby Union.

Toulon turn Henson's expected departure into a long goodbye

Reports of Welsh centre's sacking prove premature and club may use possible World Cup involvement as pretext to release him

Diary: Carol can't forgive or forget

As my lecherous uncle once drunkenly slurred: "That Carol Vorderman's a very clever woman" – so I'm concerned to see the old girl is still getting herself all hot and bothered about that irksome peacock Piers Morgan. Middle England's favourite number cruncher was yesterday busy spreading the word across Twitter that the ratings for Morgan's CNN show are rubbish. The bad blood goes back several years – the former Daily Mirror editor once charmingly suggested that Carol "lost her Countdown gig to a foxy maths genius Essex girl half her age and twice as good-looking". Carol, if only for me and my increasingly confused alcoholic of an uncle – let it go!

Gavin Henson sacked by Toulon following brawl

Gavin Henson's ill-fated Toulon career is over after only two games, according to reports in France.

Henson difficult to manage, admits Toulon president

Toulon president Mourad Boudjellal has admitted that the suspended Welsh international Gavin Henson has been "difficult to manage".

Unhappy union: what has gone wrong with rugby?

A game that once prided itself on behaviour on and off the field has fallen from grace. The reason? It's society's fault, say the RFU

Gavin Henson suspended by Toulon over discipline

Gavin Henson has been suspended by Toulon for one week for a breach of club discipline.

Mike Phillips set to leave Ospreys

Wales scrum-half Mike Phillips will be allowed to leave the Ospreys at the end of this season.

Rugby round-up: Tigers claw their way to victory

At The Twickenham Stoop yesterday, Leicester came from 10-0 down at half-time to beat Harlequins 17-13 and go seven points clear at the top of the Aviva Premiership. Danny Care scored a try for Quins and Nick Evans converted and kicked two penalties. Alesana Tuilagi scored a try for the Tigers, who were also awarded a penalty try, and Toby Flood kicked both conversions and a penalty. Two loosehead props, Quins' Joe Marler and Marcos Ayerza of Leicester, were sent off in the second half after a brawl.

Varndell faces lengthy absence after surgery

Wasps will be without prolific winger Tom Varndell for 12 weeks after he suffered ankle ligament damage during Sunday's match with Gloucester.

France begin to feel pinch with arrival of foreign legions

As the queue of players grasping at the mega-Euros on offer in France's Top 14 Championship grows ever longer, so Marc Lièvremont, the head coach of Les Blues, is becoming more exasperated. "I am delighted that players like Jonny Wilkinson are playing in France but as a selector it is a problem," he said. "You go to a league match and the teams you are watching have so many foreign players."

Tom May signs for Northampton Saints

England international Tom May has agreed to join Northampton Saints for the 2011/2012 season.

Ruck and Maul: TV coverage of match-up in camel country gives viewers the hump

Whereas Ruck and Maul took the trouble four weeks ago to find something out about rugby union in Abu Dhabi, the television coverage of last Sunday's Anglo-Welsh Cup tie in the Gulf left us little the wiser.

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