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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

England duo Alex Corbisiero and Geoff Parling have been ruled out of England’s autumn Tests with injuries.  The news comes as another blow to coach Stuart Lancaster following the injuries suffered to Mako Vunipola and Leicester duo Dan Cole and Tom Youngs.  According to The Guardian, Northampton’s Corbisiero has been ruled out until the new year because of a shoulder ligament tear, while Leicester’s director of rugby Richard Cockerill confirmed reports that second row Geoff Parling will be sidelined until mid December with concussion.

By Bradley Sharp