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Rugby-Wales call up young prop Smith, drop old prop Jones

LONDON, Oct 21 - Ospreys' 20-year-old prop Nicky Smith was the only uncapped player named in Warren Gatland's squad for Wales's November internationals but there was no place for 33-year-old British and Irish Lion and former Osprey Adam Jones.

UPDATE 1-Rugby-NZ Rugby Union cancel Maori match in Singapore

* Singapore try to ensure they keep Suzuki Cup (Adds details, Singapore comment)

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Rugby-Larkham turns down role in Wallabies set-up

SYDNEY, Oct 21 - World Cup-winning former Australia flyhalf Stephen Larkham has turned down the chance of working under the new Wallabies coach on the upcoming tour of Europe to focus on his job at the ACT Brumbies.

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Rugby-Deans backs Cheika to handle Australian rugby politics

WELLINGTON, Oct 21 - "Vested interests" are holding back Australian rugby but Wallabies coach-in-waiting Michael Cheika may be equipped to negotiate the labyrinthine off-field politics, according to the team's former mentor Robbie Deans.

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Rugby-NZ Rugby Union cancel Maori All Blacks' match in Singapore

WELLINGTON, Oct 21 - The maligned pitch at Singapore's expensive new National Stadium has forced the cancellation of next month's Maori All Blacks clash with the invitational Asia-Pacific Barbarians, which could have ramifications for the team's Super Rugby bid.

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Rugby-European Rugby Challenge Cup group stage Fixtures

Oct 20 (Infostrada Sports) - Fixtures from the European Rugby Challenge Cup Group stage matches THURSDAY, OCTOBER 23 FIXTURES (GMT) London Welsh v Bordeaux-Begles (1845) FRIDAY, OCTOBER 24 FIXTURES (GMT) Brive v Zebre (1730) Grenoble v London Irish (1730) La Rochelle v Aviron Bayonnais (1730) Newport Gwent Dragons v Newcastle Falcons (1830) Edinburgh Rugby v LOU (1845) SATURDAY, OCTOBER 25 FIXTURES (GM

20 Oct 2014

Rugby-European Rugby Champions Cup group stage Fixtures

Oct 20 (Infostrada Sports) - Fixtures from the European Rugby Champions Cup Group stage matches FRIDAY, OCTOBER 24 FIXTURES (GMT) Munster v Saracens (1845) SATURDAY, OCTOBER 25 FIXTURES (GMT) Ulster v Toulon (1200) Bath Rugby v Toulouse (1415) Montpellier v Glasgow Warriors (1615) Northampton v Ospreys (1615) Scarlets v Leicester Tigers (1845) SUNDAY, OCTOBER 26 FIXTURES (GMT) Castr

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UPDATE 2-Rugby-Cheika says offered Wallabies job but no deal yet

SYDNEY, Oct 20 - Michael Cheika confirmed on Monday he had been offered the chance to succeed Ewen McKenzie as Australia coach but said there remained some details to be "ironed out" before a deal was struck.

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UPDATE 2-Rugby-Carter, Sonny Bill named in All Blacks tour squad

* Sonny Bill Williams returns after two years of rugby league (Adds details paras 10-13)

20 Oct 2014

Rugby-Carter, Sonny Bill make NZ squad for northern hemisphere tour

WELLINGTON, Oct 20 - Injured flyhalf Dan Carter and code-swapping Sonny Bill Williams were included in the All Blacks squad on Monday for their end-of-season tour for test matches against the United States, England, Scotland and Wales.

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