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Rugby news from Wednesday 24 January 2018

- The match officials for this weekend's action have been confirmed, with Jerome Garces taking charge of the Clermont versus Montpellier clash. Anglo-Welsh Cup Gloucester vs Ospreys @ Kingsholm Referee: Adam Leal (England) Assistant referees: Anthony Woodthorpe (England), Philip Watters (England) Television match official: Claire Hodnett (England) Sale Sharks vs Northampton Saints @ AJ Bell Stadium ...

- Former Springbok coach Peter de Villiers has applied to coach the Zimbabwe national team, with the interview having taken place in Harare on Tuesday. While in the country, De Villiers is helping the national U20 side prepare for a tournament in Namibia, and is thus expected to secure the top job. If not appointed, De Villiers said he would still be willing to help Zimbabwe with their preparations ...

- Leicester Tigers have agreed new contract terms with eight of the club’s Development Squad including England Under-20s prospects Ben White, Jordan Olowofela and Sam Lewis. Scrum-half White, full-back Olowofela and forward Lewis have all been selected in this season’s England Under-20s squad ahead of the Under-20s Six Nations Championship and World Junior Championship. All three have gained sen...

- Former Springbok head coach Peter de Villiers was interviewed for the Zimbabwe national team's coaching position in Harare on Tuesday. De Villiers is expected to secure the job but said he would still be willing to help Zimbabwe with their preparations for their Rugby World Cup (RWC) qualifying matches later this year if he is not appointed as the country's new coach. "I think it will be an honour...

- Worcester Warriors will be without the services of Michael Dowsett, Perry Humphreys and Pierce Phillips after they were all sidelined through injury. The Warriors' back-line coach, Sam Vesty, revealed the news of the trio's injuries when he spoke to the local media on Monday ahead of the club's Anglo-Welsh Cup clash with Exeter Chiefs at Sixways on Saturday. The players were all injured in last Sa...

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