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Front rowers Dan Cole and Mako Vunipola have been ruled out of England’s autumn Test’s with injuries.  Leicester’s Cole is still recovering from a neck injury, while Vunipola is still sidelined after undergoing knee surgery in May, meaning they will both miss England's November’s internationals, according to BBC Sport.   England are set to face New Zealand, South Africa, Samoa and Australia at Twickenham on consecutive weekends.

By Bradley Sharp

Dummy Half Rob Burrow states that his side must play well in order to lift their first Challenge Cup since 1999 on Saturday against Yorkshire rivals Castleford.  The 31-year-old veteran has enjoyed a successful career at the Rhino’s, securing six Super League titles and three World Club Challenges.

By Bradley Sharp

Aviva Premiership side Leicester Tigers have announced the signing of World Cup winner Brad Thorn.  The 39-year-old was part of the 2011 World Cup winning New Zealand side and now is set to move to the Tigers, according to BBC Sport.   Thorn started his career playing Rugby League for Brisbane Broncos before switching to union to play for Super Rugby outfit the Crusaders in 2001.

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James Haskell has been awarded a new contract and been named as the captain of Premiership outfit London Wasps for the upcoming season.  The 29-year-old England flanker replaces centre Chris Bell as skipper of the Adams Park outfit, according to BBC Sport.   Haskell boasts 51 international caps, after making his debut against Wales in the 2007 Six Nations championship.

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Harlequins will host French side Castre in the European Rugby Champions Cup’s opening fixture.  Quins will entertain the French side on Friday 17 October, reports BBC Sport.   The competition will replace the Heineken Cup with 20 teams competing, seven from the Aviva Premiership, six from the French Top 14 and seven sides from the celtic Pro 12 league.

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Twickenham has been selected to host the 2015 European Rugby Champions Cup following a successful bid from the RFU.  The new-named tournament will replace the existing competition, the Heineken Cup, with the home of English rugby set to host the final on 2 May, reports The Guardian.   The competition has been reduced in size by four teams, to 20, with the opening pool stage fixtures set to be released today.

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England have announced a 55-man training squad for the Loughborough camp this week.  Stuart Lancaster has announced his training squad for the Loughborough training camp which will run from Sunday until Wednesday 13 August, reports ESPN.   The main purpose of the squad is to assess the summers 3-0 Test loss to New Zealand, but will also give Lancaster and his coaches the chance of looking at a few players before the announcement of the Elite Player Squad in October.

By Bradley Sharp