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TRANSFER | Christian Wade could be heading back to the Premiership

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Former England speedster Christian Wade did not make it through Saturday’s cut-down, Chris Brown of the Bills’ official site reports.

Wade was a demon in preseason games last season and ultimately ended up on the practice squad, but with the Bills set at the top of the running back depth chart with Devin Singletary and Zack Moss, the team needs pass catchers and special teams guys to fill out the rest of the group, not a hard-running prospect.

The report added that. the Bills would love to get Wade on the practice squad again, where he’s eligible to come back to the roster as the Bills’ designated international player if he clears waivers.

However, another source in the USA suggests Wade could be heading back to rugby union after he reportedly received a generous offer from Leicester Tigers.

Wade is third in the list of all-time try scorers in the Premiership with 82 tries but has only earned one cap for England, back in 2013, and that was believed to be a big factor in his decision to leave rugby union in 2018.

Wade was also called up to the British & Irish Lions squad as cover on the tour of Australia in 2013, playing one match against the Brumbies.


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LIST | 5 England players who could swap nations for 2023 World Cup

1. Manu Tuilagi (Samoa)

  • Current number of caps: 41
  • Age at the start of RWC 2023: 32
  • Did you know:  He was named Manusamoa, after the name of the Samoan national team

The England centre, who was born in Fogapoa and came to the UK at the age of 13, is one of a clutch of Pacific Island players whose eligibility status could change if the restrictions are relaxed. He is the younger brother of Freddie, Henry, Alesana, Anitelea and Sanele Vavae Tuilagi, all of whom are Samoan internationals and also played for Leicester. It would be fantastic for the powerhouse to complete the set.

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Covid-19 passes or negative lateral flow tests required to attend large sporting events | Football News

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Covid passes or negative lateral flow tests will be required to attend large sporting events in England as Prime Minister Boris Johnson toughened coronavirus measures to combat the spread of the Omicron variant.

The NHS Covid pass or negative test will be required at unseated indoor venues with more than 500 people, unseated outdoor venues with more than 4,000 people, and any venue with more than 10,000 people.

The passes will still work for people who have had just two doses of a Covid vaccine, although this will be kept under review.

The regulation comes into effect on Wednesday, December 15, with four Premier League games taking place later that evening including Arsenal’s match with West Ham at the Emirates Stadium.

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Fans attending Arsenal’s game with West Ham next Wednesday will require a Covid vaccine passport or negative lateral flow test

English Football League and Premiership Rugby clubs are also affected along with horse racing and the World Darts Championship, which begins at Alexandra Palace on the same day the new restrictions come into force.

Speaking at a Downing Street press conference, the Prime Minister said it was time to move to “Plan B” of the Government’s coronavirus strategy, with measures including a return to working from home.

He said: “We will also make the NHS Covid pass mandatory for entry into nightclubs and venues where large crowds gather, including unseated indoor venues with more than 500 people, unseated outdoor venues with more than 4,000 people and any venue with more than 10,000 people.

“The NHS Covid pass can still be obtained with two doses but we will keep this under review as the boosters roll out.

“And having taken clinical advice since the emergence of Omicron, a negative lateral flow test will also be sufficient.

“As we set out in Plan B, we will give businesses a week’s notice, so this will come into force in a week’s time, helping to keep these events and venues open at full capacity while giving everyone who attends them confidence that those around them have done the responsible thing to minimise risk to others.”



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Premier League grounds set for vaccine passports under Covid plan B | Sport

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Fans attending sports events including Premier League matches from next week will be required to have vaccine passports or proof of a negative Covid test as part of new government rules to tackle the pandemic.

The new legislation will cover all stadiums where the attendance is more than 10,000, which will affect most matches in the Championship and Premier League, as well as Premiership Rugby matches and race meetings. It could also affect the Six Nations.

Premier League clubs feared the government would insist all fans must be vaccinated but Boris Johnson, the prime minister, said last night that “a negative lateral flow test will also be sufficient”.

Moyes has called for full vaccination passports to be mandatory to attend matches

Moyes has called for full vaccination passports to be mandatory to attend matches

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However, the new law could pose huge logistical challenges if clubs are expected to carry out Covid

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Wasps injury updates ahead of Munster Heineken Champions Cup opener

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Vaea Fifita is being given every chance to recover from his injury suffered against Worcester ahead of Sunday’s Heineken Champions Cup opener against Munster (3.15pm).

The former All Blacks forward has started in eight of Wasps’ nine Gallagher Premiership games so far in the second row and scored his second try since joining in the summer at Sixways.

But the former Hurricanes ace did not make it until half-time as he was replaced by Sebastian de Chaves after suffering what head coach Lee Blackett suspected was a deadleg.

READ MORE:John Mitchell lifts lid on England Rugby departure: ‘Eddie, I’m done’

Backs coach John Mitchell gave this update in the club’s midweek media session ahead of the Coventry Building Society Arena clash.

“Vaea is progressing,” he said. “It should be touch and go, I’d say, for the weekend. We will give him every day to be right after that knock on his thigh. That particular position will be updated as we progress during the week.”

Another summer signing Francois Hougaard missed out on a return to his former club Worcester last week after suffering a knee injury late on against Gloucester in round nine.

“He is back to running around and preparing,” added Mitchell. “He hasn’t been on the field yet. But that’ll be a day-by-day situation as well.”

Alex McHenry (pictured below), who has made four Premiership appearances since joining on loan from Munster, is unavailable to play against his parent club. This could see winger Josh Bassett moved into midfield again, where he played for the first time in his professional career against Gloucester.



Alex McHenry, who is on loan at Wasps from Munster

Loosehead prop Rodrigo Martinez has been registered for European action and could make his debut against the Irish province.

Otherwise, Mitchell said ‘it should be the same group of players’ who prepared for the Warriors match – before which Wasps revealed they had 18 players unavailable for action due to injuries; Charlie Atkinson, Ali Crossdale, Tom Cruse, Kieran Curran, Malakai Fekitoa, James Gaskell, Ben Harris, Francois Hougaard, Joe Launchbury, Rob Miller, Ryan Mills, Ben Morris, Paolo Odogwu, Dan Robson, Will Simonds, Sam Spink, Theo Vukasinovic and Jack Willis.

Meanwhile, Munster have registered an additional 22 players who are eligible for Europe as they travel to England without a large group of players due to their abandoned trip to South Africa in the United Rugby Championship.

Despite Munster being able to call upon returning Ireland internationals Peter O’Mahony, Conor Murray, Joey Carbery, Tadhg Beirne, Keith Earls, Dave Kilcoyne, and Andrew Conway as well as Springboks World Cup-winning centre Damian de Allende, Wasps have been made favourites with the bookmakers to win – something that Mitchell questioned.

“Just remember that Munster pride their whole year on European rugby, they’ve got huge history in this tournament, they’ve got an Academy that is strong and probably a bit older age-group than UK Academies,” he said.

“We’re not fooled by it, that there won’t be a full side coming here. They’ll be full of internationals.

“It’s just noise really, isn’t it? At the end of the day it’s a European Cup game and Munster are Munster. They pride themselves on this competition, so it will be a humdinger. I’m not sure how we can become favourites.”

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