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Today’s rugby news as England superstar turns back on international career for big money deal and Eddie Jones announcement

These are your rugby headlines for Wednesday, December 13.

Eddie Jones ‘will get new job today’

Eddie Jones is expected to be appointed as Japan’s new head coach today.




According to local media reports, via GAMEThe Australian attended his final interview in Tokyo last week, with the Japan Rugby Union ready to make an announcement today.

According to other media, the announcement is expected to be made official tomorrow at a press conference.

It would signal Jones’s return to rugby after an ill-fated reign as Australia boss, a position he lasted less than a year after a disastrous World Cup campaign .

Antipodean was in charge of Brave Blossoms from 2012 to 2015 but will take the helm for a second time.

Arundell did not qualify for the England team

England winger Henry Arundell has signed a two-year extension to his contract at Racing 92, it has been confirmed.

The 21-year-old winger joined the Top 14 in the summer and was initially allowed to play for England this season despite being based in France because of the extraordinary circumstances surrounding his former club’s collapse. Yours, London Irish.

But the latest Professional Game Partnership talks mean he will need to sign a combined RFU contract for the 2024/25 season ahead of the upcoming Six Nations. While he was offered such a contract with Bath, Arundell turned it down, meaning he would not play in the Championship as he put his international career on hold.

The winger is currently under contract with the club until 2026, meaning he will be unavailable for England for the majority of the next World Cup cycle. However, he will be available for the tournament in Australia in 2027.


Announcing the contract extension, Racing president Laurent Travers said: “He joined our team just a few weeks ago but has shown all these qualities of an excellent competitor and maturity Great.

“He fits in perfectly with the club’s short and medium-term goals and we believe he will be one of the driving forces in achieving them.”

Dragon leaf girl

The Dragons have announced the passing of hooker Ellis Shipp.

In a statement announcing the 26-year-old’s departure, the Dragons last night said: “Dragons RFC can today announce that prostitute Ellis Shipp has left the club.

“Shipp made a total of 34 appearances for Men of Gwent over six seasons, scoring three tries. The Dragons would like to remember to thank Ellis for his efforts during this time at the club. club.

“We wish him and his family all the best for the future.”

France deals another blow to the Six Nations

France’s replacement Antoine Dupont has been ruled out of the Six Nations in another major blow for the team across the English Channel.

Dupont, one of the world’s top players, left a big hole in the French team when he missed next year’s tournament to focus on the France Sevens team at the Olympics.


It appears there is a battle between Baptiste Serin and Maxime Lucu to find Dupont to replace him, however, the former will be out of action for months and will undergo surgery in another major dent for with the hope of filling that half-hearted position of Les Bleus.

Serin lasted just a few minutes in Toulon’s 19=18 defeat by Exeter Chiefs at Stade Mayol on Saturday in the Champions Cup and the Top 14 team wrote on social media last night: “Injured last Saturday, [Baptiste Serin] Will have surgery for a dislocated shoulder next week.

“He will be absent for a minimum period of four months following this operation.”

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