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Northampton and England centre Luther Burrell is likely to miss England’s opening QBE autumn international against New Zealand after suffering a hand injury.  The 26-year-old suffered the injury during the Saints’ 34-6 annihilation of Welsh side the Ospreys in the European Rugby Champions Cup on Saturday.  Head coach Stuart Lancaster told the BBC: It will be tight for New Zealand given he has not been in camp this week,"    Lancaster also stated that Joe Marler, Billy Vunipola, James Haskell and Marland Yarde are recovering from illness or injuries, but he is confident that they should all be able train next week.

By Bradley Sharp

Japan has been selected to host a new franchise for the 2016 Super Rugby season.  Japan has been selected ahead of Singapore to host a new franchise in the Southern Hemisphere Premier Rugby competition, reports the BBC.   Sanzar, the competition’s governing body, decided that its ‘preferred bid’ was Japan ahead of Singapore and the side will join Super Rugby for the start of the 2016-17 season.

By Bradley Sharp

Scotland have named Edinburgh second row Grant Gilchrist as their captain for the upcoming autumn internationals.  Gilchrist will take charge of the 33-man squad for the autumn internationals against Argentina, New Zealand and Tonga, reports BBC sport.   The 24-year-old captained his side twice during their summer tour of Argentina and South Africa, will take over the side following injuries to Saracen’s Kelly Brown and Glasgow’s Al Kellock.

By Bradley Sharp