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Danny Cipriani: outside-half or full-back? The debate over the celebrity playmaker's best position is likely to ramble on well into the new year, especially with Tony Hanks, the man running the show at Wasps, continuing to hedge his bets. Having started last weekend's derby with Harlequins in the No 10 role, Cipriani will wear the No 15 shirt against Newcastle at Adams Park on Sunday. The poor lad must wonder whether he is coming or going.

Torn hamstring rules Williams out for month

The Wales winger Shane Williams has been ruled out for a minimum of four weeks because of a torn hamstring. Williams was replaced just five minutes into Saturday's 33-12 defeat by Australia in Cardiff and while he does not require surgery, rehabilitation will take at least one month.

Henson closing on return to rugby

Wales star Gavin Henson has claimed he intends returning to rugby "before too long."

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Gavin Henson has responded to persistent rumours he will quit rugby by stressing his desire to return. "I fully anticipate returning before too long having overcome injuries that have been a recurring problem for nearly three years," said a statement.

Crusaders beckon if Gavin Henson quits rugby union

Celtic Crusaders would be willing to hold talks with Gavin Henson if he quits rugby union and wants to try his hand at Super League.

Crusaders linked with Henson move

The Celtic Crusaders have begun their clear-out for next season by announcing that two of their longest-serving players will be leaving – Australians Tony Duggan and Damien Quinn, who have been with them since their first game in 2006.

Shanklin's shoulder injury adds to McGeechan woes

Wales centre Tom Shanklin has been ruled out of action for 16 weeks by his club – ending his hopes of touring South Africa with the British and Irish Lions. The 29-year-old dislocated his right shoulder in Cardiff Blues' Magners League victory over Newport Gwent Dragons on Wednesday and was immediately taken to hospital for an X-ray. A further scan yesterday revealed the need for reconstructive surgery on the joint, and with the Lions heading for Africa in just 17 days' time, Shanklin's hopes of facing the Springboks are over.

Henson to pull out of tour

Gavin Henson is set to rule himself out of next month's Wales tour to North America and so give up any hopes of a late Lions call-up to South Africa.

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Union chiefs rewrite the rule book

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Bristol add Spice but face drop

If Bristol stand every chance of being dead and buried by close of play tomorrow – defeat by Worcester at the Memorial Ground will extinguish the last lingering flickers of Premiership light and confirm their descent into the darkness of National Division One – the Anglo-Welsh Cup seems equally doom-laden.

Gatland pays a heavy price for missing history lessons

Time was, well, last season to be exact, when Warren Gatland could barely put a foot wrong. And then, perhaps, overconfidence creeps in. Gatland had a dig or two at England before Wales beat them, none too convincingly, in Cardiff and launched an even more outrageous attack on Ireland.

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