Francois Louw may not return to his club Bath until mid-October

Bath will lose Louw after one game as South Africa seek reinforcements

Bath, in dire need of a strong start to the Premiership season after missing out on Europe with a below-the-fold finish last time out, suffered a heavy blow yesterday when their best player, the South African flanker Francois Louw, was recalled by the Springboks for the next tranche of southern hemisphere Rugby Championship games.

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Scrum-half Nick Runciman rejoins London Welsh

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Davies goes home to build Wales base with the Blues

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Phil Davies is joining Cardiff as director of rugby

Davies goes home to build Wales base with the Blues

It is not all sweetness and light in Welsh rugby despite the Grand Slam triumph in this year's Six Nations: the four regional sides are struggling for crowds, struggling for finance and, as a consequence, struggling to hang on to their best talent in the face of big-money raids from France.

BEN YOUNGS: The scrum-half appeared to drop his right knee on the prone body of Jamie Gibson

Ben Youngs suspended by RFU, but won't miss a Leicester game

Leicester scrum-half Ben Youngs has been suspended for a week by a Rugby Football Union disciplinary hearing after pleading guilty to striking London Irish forward Jamie Gibson with his knee.

Northampton winger Calum Clark

Northampton suspend winger Calum Clark indefinitely

Northampton have announced that they have suspended flanker Calum Clark from playing until further notice.

PJ Proby, the veteran pop singer

'Justice has been done': singer P J Proby cleared of £47,000 benefits fraud

PJ Proby, the veteran pop singer, has been cleared of benefit fraud after the prosecution dropped its case following the discovery of new evidence. Proby, 73, was acquitted on all nine counts after being accused of cheating the benefits system out of more than £47,000 by claiming he had just £5 in the bank.

PJ Proby fraud trial is stopped following new evidence

American-born pop singer PJ Proby has been cleared of benefit fraud after the prosecution dropped its case following the discovery of new evidence.

Charlie Hodgson: England No 10 has recovered from an injured finger to start for Saracens

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Saracens v Northampton

Burglar given 22 years for OAP murder

A burglar who murdered a disabled pensioner while on licence for a string of street robberies has been ordered to serve at least 22 years behind bars.

Goode keeps his cool to shock Saracens

Saracens' hopes of finishing top of the Aviva Premiership were dealt a bitter blow last night when lowly Worcester pulled off a 16-11 win at Sixways, after the visitors had opened up an 8-0 lead.

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